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Norse Mill in Shawbost… Click for Full Sized Pictures!

Posted on August 13, 2011

This is an reconstructed example of what was called a 'Norse' type of mill which used to be very common on the Isle of Lewis for hundreds of years. These small mills have a wooden vertical axis wheel which directly drives the millstone quernstone. They were sometimes also know as "Click" mills due to the noise they make when working. There are two small buildings made of stone with thatched roofs, one building is the kiln where you can see a circular pit lined with stones this is where there was a fire to heat and dry the grain, the other building is the mill house where the grain was ground. The mill was powered by the flow of water diverted from a small river flowing downhill out of a loch, the water flow turned the horizontal wooden paddles that was directly attached to the millstone.  The mill and kiln were in use right up till the 1930's.



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  1. You can download this or read it on line, really good read lots of imformation. History of the Outer Hebrides : (Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula, and Barra)
    http://www.archive.org/details/historyofouterhe00mackuoft

  2. You can read this on line or download it really good read. History of the Outer Hebrides : (Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula, and Barra)
    http://www.archive.org/details/historyofouterhe00mackuoft

  3. Most interesting close up photo’s, I used these as a reference for a model of a Norse mill I am currently working on, the model is set in a landscaped diorama & from May 2012 it will be available to see at Bishops Lydeard mill & museum in Somerset along with other models of mills.


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