Industrial Heritage

Norse or Click Mills

Once common across the Northern and Western Isles, these were used to grind corn from Viking Times to the beginning of the C20th. They are horizontal mills as the water wheels are set horizontally rather than vertically. They are often called either Norse Mills or Click Mills from the sound made by the rotating millstone knocking a stick which ensured an even flow of grain from the hopper onto the millstones. Several families might share a single mill.

Dounby Click Mill

Dounby Click Mill, Orkney

Norse Mill, Croft
                  House Museum

Croft House Click Mill, Shetland

Huxter Mills,

Huxter Mills, Shetland

Shawbost Mill
                  and Kiln, Isle of Lewis

Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln,

Isle of Lewis

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