New Abbey Corn Mill

A beautiful two-storeyed mill dating from the late 18th century, built from white-washed local stone, with a grain-drying kiln and adjoining miller‘s house. The mill has been restored and brought back into working condition in order to demonstrate the milling process, and guided tours are available. The mill machinery, which includes three pairs of millstones, is driven by a pitch-back waterwheel fed by a restored lade, dam and millpond.

In addition to the working machinery, displays in the mill include artefacts relating to milling, such as  hand-powered grindstones (quern stones). Typically, mills like New Abbey ground oats, barley, wheat and pease produced in farms nearby, which were then consumed locally as staple foods. In the 19th and 20th centuries, competition from large steam-powered mills in the cities resulted in local mills such as this converting to the production animal feed. New Abbey ceasing in 1948, but was rescued by a restoration programme which commenced in the 1970s.

New Abbey Corn Mill
DG2 8BX New Abbey
Dumfries
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1387 - 850260
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Recommended duration of visit: 2 Hours
Duration of a guided Tour: 60 Minutes
Admission: Charge
Access for persons with disabilities: For details see website
Visitor centre on site: yes
Gift and book shop on Site: yes

April to September:
Monday - Sunday, 9.30am-5pm, last entry 30 minutes before closing
demonstrations at midday and 3pm

October to March:
daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am-4pm, last entry 30 minutes before closing

  • Guided tours optional
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