Ben's Village Store, Auchendinny
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Ben's Village Store, Auchendinny

A small village located on the steep slopes of the valley of River North Esk, 1¼ miles (2 km) northwest of Penicuik (Midlothian). Auchendinny was long associated with paper-production but the Dalmore Mill, which began operation in 1837 and closed in 2005, the last in the River Esk. The mill has subsequently been demolished to make way for a housing development by Miller Homes (2012), in part designed to mimic warehouses that echo the industrial past of the site. The Penicuik branch of the Peebles Railway once served the mill and a pair of tunnels are extant. The village had a station on the same line, which opened in 1872 but closed in 1951. A further housing development on 27.7 ha (68.5 acres) of farmland to the northeast of the village by Bellway Homes saw the construction of a further 395 homes begun in 2023.

The early 18th C. Auchendinny House is a fine Palladian villa by Sir William Bruce (1630 - 1710). The ruins of the 16th C. Old Woodhouselee Castle lie in woods overlooking the North Esk a half-mile (0.4 km) southeast of the village.

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