Poldrate Mill

Poldrate Mill, Haddington
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Poldrate Mill, Haddington

Located at the southern boundary of Haddington (East Lothian) on the River Tyne, Poldrate Mill provides an important community facility run and owned by the Lamp of Lothian Trust, who were responsible for its restoration which began in 1968.

Built on the site of the mediaeval Kirk Mill, the present buildings are largely 18th C. Milling operations ceased in 1965, but what remains is the only one of Haddington's three mills which still displays much of its traditional form. The complex includes the mill itself, which was reconstructed in 1842 and today provides a meeting hall and gallery; a granary, that now contains the Bridge Centre, which developed in the 1970s as a community centre with social, educational and recreational facilities; maltings and worker's cottages to the rear, which today are home to a youth club.

The Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre runs classes and workshops in painting, pottery, sculpture, woodcarving, weaving and stained glass. It supports an artist-in-residence and a craftsperson-in-residence.

Adjacent is the Waterloo Bridge, built in 1815.

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