Hundreds raised in bid to restore Preston Mill’s water wheel

THOUSANDS of kilos have been raised in a bid to revive a picturesque mill which has featured in hit tv sequence Outlander.

Preston Mill, positioned on the banks of the River Tyne in East Linton, was one of many final working grain mills in east central Scotland, having been used commercially till 1959.

Nonetheless, the 18th-century mill is now in want of pressing restore to its water wheel after the mechanism which permits it to show broke over the winter months, inflicting it to jam in a set place.

The Nationwide Belief for Scotland is seeking to elevate £12,000 to fund the repairs – almost £10,000 has already been raised.

A crowdfunder web page has been launched to boost the funds wanted to revive Preston Mill to its former glory.

Stuart Maxwell of the Nationwide Belief for Scotland mentioned: “Sadly, over time, the warmth from the friction of the turning axle, which permits the wheel to spin, has distorted the metallic elements that maintain the wheel in place.

“Plans are in place to restore the wheel, however we urgently want the assistance of the general public to boost the funds required and make sure that this spectacular piece of Scottish heritage is preserved.

“Those that go to Preston Mill can comply with in Jamie Fraser’s footsteps, in addition to seeing and listening to the mill in motion whereas studying concerning the millers who labored there – it will be an actual loss to us, the general public and Scotland if we weren’t in a position to restore it to working order.

“We have to do all that we will to guard the locations that encourage our love of Scotland, and Preston Mill is a type of locations.”

In 2014, Preston Mill hosted the forged and crew of the critically-acclaimed present Outlander as they filmed a number of the first season’s most pivotal scenes and used the mill as a stand-in for Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s (performed by Sam Heughan) household dwelling.

Given the TV present’s worldwide recognition, the fundraising marketing campaign will run in partnership with the Nationwide Belief for Scotland Basis USA.

It has already garnered international consideration, with an American donor from Nantucket, Massachusetts, making a considerable match funding contribution.

Barbara Beinecke Spitler says she is matching all donations made in direction of the restore of the mill, dollar-for-dollar, till $5,000 (£three,901.50) is reached.

As a fan of Gabaldon’s Outlander ebook sequence and a philanthropist of historic preservation, Barbara noticed the donation as the right marriage of her two pursuits.

If profitable in elevating the whole required quantity of £12,000, work to restore the wheel will start in early spring, with hopes of completion by April – in time for the property’s seasonal reopening.

To get the wheel turning once more, engineers will restore the masonry pillar – which the wheel sits upon – and change the timber bearing and metallic bushes – which homes the wheel’s axle and holds it in place, permitting the wheel to show.

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