Weisdale Mill

(Kergord Mill)

A substantial former water-mill on the B9075 road, ¾ mile (1.2 km) north of the head of Weisdale Voe, Weisdale Mill (originally Kergord Mill) was built in 1855 and was once the largest in Shetland. It replaced a number of small clack mills, which had been used since Norse times but were often destroyed to force tenants to use the new estate-mills to grind their corn. The substantial three-storey five-bay structure had fallen into disrepair and work was undertaken to restore the building, which opened in 1994. It now contains the Bonhoga Gallery, run by the Shetland Arts Development Agency, which displays art and crafts from Shetland and beyond. The mill was home to the Shetland Textile Working Museum until 2006. Unlike Quendale Water Mill in the South Mainland, Weisdale no longer has its water wheel or internal fittings.

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