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Bramblebank Works

Producing flax and tow with cutting edge machinery.

Bramblebank was built in 1833 by Mr. David Rattray. It was driven originally by a condensing engine and by a turbine. In 1876 it employed 100 workers and produced flax and tow for Fife and the Forfar trade.

In 1903 the mill was closed and its machinery transferred to Westfield Mill which was being rebuilt. This meant that the whole water-power of the river Ericht could be obtained to drive this machinery at Westfield Mill whereas previously Bramblebank had had to share its weir with Ashbank Mill on the other side of the river.

Sources: Peter Dawson, Meg Luckins
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