Stanley Mills, Stanely, Perthshire. A historic cotton mill from the industrial revolution. It was producing yarn until the mid 1970s. The last time I was there was when I was doing my MSc in architectural conservation in the early 90s. It was a wreck. This was a real joy to see for me, even if there were many flats created in the mill range in the distance. Better a building in use than not at all.

Although not strictly a dilapidated building, it was. Now it has risen from almost certain ruin and is run by Historic Scotland. Also, it isn’t strictly heritage in stone since it is built largely from brick but……

This is a panoramic shot with three portrait shots stitched together. Handheld.

So, here for comparison purposes (and for memories if Liz, Ismini, Courtney, Nessa, Isla and Scott see this) here is the picture I took on my first visit. If only I had taken far more.

Stanley Mills complex comprises many listed buildings. For example, the gatehouse is listed category B (HB no.4485), the Bell (or west) Mill (seen on the right) is listed category A (HB no. 4486) and, the East Mill (in the centre) is also listed category A (HB no. 6690).


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  • Terry Mooney
    Terry Mooneyabout 6 years ago

    brilliant shot Ranald, great tones and a nice piece of history captured forever.

  • I am sure my course mates from way back then would love to know it is hale and hearty. Thanks Terry.

    – Ranald

  • Željko Malagurski
    Željko Malagurskiabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image Ranald!

  • Thanks. I must find the old photo and scan it in. Give me a while.

    – Ranald

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 6 years ago

    Good to see this relic survive in any form. It’s happening everywhere around here too (Yorkshire)

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiabout 6 years ago

    Great angle Opened the scene up nicely

  • Thanks Andy. I wish I had taken more photos originally and also stood in the same place when I went back.

    – Ranald

  • ein22
    ein22about 6 years ago

    Wonderful Black and White photo very sharp and good details. Nice


  • Thanks Andrew. Much appreciated.

    – Ranald

  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 6 years ago

    Awesome b/w shot

  • Thanks. Since it’s a panorama, there’s a wee bit post production.

    – Ranald

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot, could I ask you the shooting details for this by any chance?

  • Thanks Andrew. It’s a stitch up job. 3 shots. From left to right: f5.6 at 1/350; f5.6 at 1/500; f5.6 at 1/250. All at 18mm.

    – Ranald

  • PaulHealey
    PaulHealeyabout 6 years ago

    Nice angle – suits bw perfectly

  • PaulHealey
    PaulHealeyabout 6 years ago

    Love the sky too!

  • Thanks for both your comments Paul. Much appreciated.

    – Ranald

  • simba
    simbaabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful composition of the old mill.

  • Thanks Linda

    – Ranald

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