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Bonnington Mill wheel restored.

The Mills Section of SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) has awarded a grant to Bonnyhaugh Lane Residents Association to assist with restoration of their historic mill wheel. The Bonnyhaugh Lane wheel is the only surviving example of dozens which once powered mills along the Water of Leith.

The houses in Bonnyhaugh Lane were originally mill buildings, dating back to the 17th century. When the present homes were constructed from the old buildings in the 1980s, the water wheel from the former Bonnington Mills, off Newhaven Road, was moved to the Bonnyhaugh site. The wheel now sits in the former mill lade.

Bonnyhaugh Lane residents are tasked with maintaining and repairing the historic mill wheel.

Chairman of the residents association Anne Meikle said: “We are very grateful for this contribution from the SPAB Mills Section which helps to offset the significant cost of maintaining the wheel. Recent work has included replacing with new timber, paddle sets one to four which had deteriorated beyond repair. Over the summer months, the remaining 18 paddle sets were removed and then reinstated with new bolts following general maintenance work - sanding, repairing and weatherproofing. These paddle sets will however require to be replaced with new timber in a phased replacement plan in approximately three years time.” 

SPAB was founded by the artist William Morris in 1877 to care for and preserve the UK’s architectural heritage; it is now oldest and most technically expert national organisation helping to save old buildings. The Mills Section, established in 1931, protects and promotes windmills and watermills. Jon Cook, Chairman of the Mills Section said: “We are delighted to support Bonnyhaugh Lane Residents Association in their careful efforts to maintain the millwheel and to showcase the area’s important milling heritage”. For further details of the SPAB Mills Section, visit

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