Keys to the Past

Wholehope Whisky Still (Alwinton)

This is the remains of a whisky still. It comprises a line of three buildings running north-south on the east bank of the Wholehope Burn. There is a kiln house set into the hillside, a malting house with a cobbled floor and a building for living or working. The site was excavated between 1951 and 1954. Each building was built into the same bank above the burn. The most northerly building had a dividing wall. The southern room has the remains of a fireplace. The northern room was shown on a map of 1862, but has since been largely swept away. The group of buildings probably comprised two low stone buildings with turf-covered roofs. Among the finds recovered was a glass phial used for sampling which dates to the late 17th or 18th century. Other finds of pottery, iron and glass indicate a late 18th or early 19th century date.

Reference number:N246
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alwinton

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