Camus Mill, Balevulin

A water-powered corn mill in the historic county of Argyllshire, Scotland.

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The building is aligned NW-SE and lies on flat ground in the lee of a steep bank bordering a field to the NE. It measures 8.1m by 5.4m, was of dry-stone construction, with an entrance in the SE wall and the wheel slot in the NW wall. Much of the stone has been removed, particularly at the SE end, where only turf-covered mounds show the line of the walls which are 0.6m thick. The NW wall however, which was 0.8m thick, was constructed of huge stones, and more of these remain. It is likely that the building was two storeyed only at this end, following the pattern of the smaller mills in this area.

At the NW end of the mill and descending from the top of the bank are the tumbled remains of two retaining walls, constructed of large boulders, which would have supported the water chute, channelling the water from the lade. An artificial mound has been built up at the top of the bank, 9m from the corner of NW corner of the wall at NM 48611 29108, with walls 0.45m thick, providing a channel 0.7m wide. This channel would have carried the water as far as the NW corner of the mill, where it was tipped over the wheel into the wheel pit and thence into the mill race which leads directly into the river.

From the entrance in the SE end of the mill, a track led in a S easterly direction towards Kilfinichen Bay and the other townships of the area. This track, wide enough for a horse- drawn cart, was revetted where it neared the river bank, with a small stream being crossed by means of a stone culvert. After some 50m the track is now crossed by a new field fence and disappears.

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Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 13827
Location Balevulin, Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, Isle of Mull
Historic county Argyllshire
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
NGR NM 48609 29097
Latitude/longitude 56.38719600, -6.07446700




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