The story so far
Knockando Woolmill has been producing textiles since at least 1784. After centuries of continuous production, Knockando Woolmill faced an uncertain future.
The buildings, A-Group listed and cited as 'internationally significant' by Historic Scotland, were in a critical condition and the machinery in sore need of renovation. Once the current weaver, Hugh Jones retired, his specialist knowledge and skills would go with him and an important piece of Scottish history would disappear forever.
The Conservation Plan stressed that “The site, and all that is encompassed by it, is extraordinarily fragile. Without careful, loving preservation, it will not survive.” Andrew Wright, 2006.
Since 2000 the Knockando Woolmill Trust has...
• Raised all the funds needed to restore the Mill
• Almost competed the capital restoration work, including refurbishing the A-listed Victorian textile machinery
• Renewed the waterwheel and water power system which is now working after 64 years of silence
• Set up the Knockando Woolmill Company Ltd (wholly owned by the Trust) to run the site. And an on-line store
• Opened the site to the public, including an exhibition, shop and café
• Employed an Education and Outreach Manager who is developing educational programmes
• Developed a range of new products which reflect the uniqueness of the Woolmill and its history.
Knockando Woolmill Trust is grateful to the following individuals and organisations for their support:
The Heritage Lottery Fund
European Regional Development Fund
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
The Moray Council
The Architectural Heritage Fund
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Scottish Natural Heritage
The Alan Evans Memorial Trust
The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust
The Gannochy Trust
The MacRobert Trust
The PF Trust
The Pilgrim Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
The Robertson Trust
The Russell Trust
The Welsh Family Trust
The Worshipful Company of Weavers
Paul’s Hill Windfarm Community Fund
The Community Economic Development Programme
The Clothmill Trust
Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay
Miss E Bremner
Mr A Pelham Burn
Mr and Mrs J Walker
The Trustees also thanks the many individuals who have contributed both financially and with their time to keep the Woolmill alive.