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“A bit of history”

New Abbey Corn Mill
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in New Abbey
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Owner description: The fully restored water-powered New Abbey Cornmill offers visitors a wonderful insight into Scottish rural life in years gone by. Situated in the pretty village of New Abbey and under the care of Historic Scotland, this three-storey whitewashed mill building was built towards the end of the 18th century by the Stewarts of nearby Shambellie House. However, it is thought that it reaches back much later than that, perhaps to as early as the late 13th century, when the Cistercian monks established their monastery of Dulce Cor ('Sweet Heart' ) at the far end of the village; today the mill is still known locally as 'Monks' Mill'. The mill is still in full working order and on most summer day visitors can see it run as it would have all of those years ago. However, on days when water is in short supply, or when the mill is not running, you can still see the mill in action through the Historic Scotland video production 'The Miller's Tale'.
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This was an amazing place to visit !! Thoroughly enjoyed seeing a corn mill actually working and the end produce!! The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer the many questions asked!! Some of these were a little challenging from my husband who is an engineer!! The guide did well despite not having a lot of experience in that faculty !! Beautiful village with an abbey steeped in history and lovely gardens to enjoy !!

Would certainly recommend a visit if you are in the Dumfries area !!

1  Thank EilidhLauren
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This little gem is not well known and it really should be. We were there for about an hour and a half watching the short film about the history of the mill and then a tour around the mill. The tour guide was so friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about the mill - really worth while getting the tour (you can choose to walk aroud yourself.) We also had free entry as Historic Scotland members.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Historic Scotland have 4 mills in their care, but this is the only one still in working order. If you are that at 12 midday, they release water through the mill race and get the wheel turning and the machinery all running. There's an excellent host who tells the history and workings of the mill, and engages with his audience. It is very much worth a stop, to get an understanding of the important role the mills played in rural communities in the past.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Using our EH annual cards, we were able to gain free entry to HS properties and well worth it, as paying for each one individually would be quite pricey. However, this mill is absolutely fascinating and the guide who showed us round and then talked to us up by the mill pond quite exceptional. The local economy of a village, including crofters growing their own cereal and bringing to be to milled, with payment in kind to the miller and landlord, is so alien to us now in our cash economy that this mill stands as an important reminder of how we lived not so long ago. The importance of the local cereal, in this case not corn but oats I think, cannot be underestimated. Thank you to all those who preserved and still preserve this relic of the ordinary person's history.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We are members of historic scotland and went on a day trip from kirkcudbright. A member of staff showed us round and gave us the history. We have been before and enjoyed it.

Thank Delya W
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