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Caerlee Mill, Innerleithen

2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes

 Open-plan living areas

 Large windows

 Situated centrally by Victoria Park


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Caerlee Mill, Innerleithen
2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes

 Open-plan living areas

 Large windows

 Situated centrally by Victoria Park

About Caerlee Mill

Innerleithen’s Caerlee Mill has a fascinating history, and now thanks to a new development, it has an exciting future too.

Whiteburn is creating 44 new homes; a range of two, three and four bedroom houses and cottage flats, each one thoughtfully designed to reflect the spirit of the former mill site. Every detail has been carefully considered – from the roofscape echoing the sawtooth roof of the former mill buildings, to the use of traditional materials. Respecting the integrity of the existing space and setting has been of utmost importance throughout the whole creative process.

The vision for the Caerlee Mill development is to enhance the established Innerleithen community, adding to the heart of this thriving Borders village. The aim is also to enable those aspiring to achieve a better life / work balance to escape busy city life and enjoy all the benefits of the beautiful countryside and outdoor pursuits this area has to offer.

The full range of Caerlee Mill homes will be released for sale on the open market in Spring 2019. Rest assured, it’ll be anything but run of the mill.

Caerlee Mill was built between 1788 and 1790 at the behest of Traquair-born Alexander Brodie to manufacture woollen cloth. It was the first water-powered textile mill to be built in the Borders and the Mill Lade still runs through the development.

After Brodie’s death in 1811, the factory was rented to David Ballantyne in the 1820s, and during the 1830s the Dow brothers used it to manufacture tartan material and fancy shawls for the Glasgow market. The mill remained the property of Brodie’s estate until 1839 when it was sold to the Galashiels company, Messrs Gill & Sime.

Robert Gill modernized and enlarged Caerlee Mill, adding steam-power to that provided by the water-wheel. By the 1860s, the mill contained six sets of carding machines, 20 hand looms, 30 power looms, and 4,200 spindles, and employed more than 100 people.

Caerlee Mill was sold in 1868 to J W Walker & Co, later becoming part of D Ballantyne & Co. During the early 1900s, Caerlee Mill began to diversify into the production of cashmere goods. In 1919, it was amalgamated along with Waverley Mills and March Street Mills under D Ballantyne Brothers & Co.  After a series of mergers in the 1960s and stiff overseas competition in the 1970s, woollen manufacturing in Innerleithen suffered a gradual but relentless decline. Unfortunately, despite endeavours by its then owners, Caerlee Mills Limited, the business proved unviable and the mill closed its factory doors in 2013.

A full assessment of the historic quality and heritage value of the mill buildings was carried out by Scottish Borders Council and in 2016 a planning in principle was granted to facilitate the redevelopment of the site. Whiteburn Caerlee LLP purchased the site in May 2017 and planning consent for our 44 new homes was granted in August 2018.

The Listed Mill Buildings

The original Brodies Mill, dating back to 1788, is B listed. It and some of the ancillary service buildings have been retained. Whiteburn are in consultation to establish a future use for the mill building. A consortium of bodies is currently exploring the viability of a mountain bike innovation centre, linked to external cycling facilities facilitated through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. This would funded through the UK Government, and we understand an announcement from the UK Government will be forthcoming in the new year (2019).

Caerlee Mill Houses

THE DOW

3 bedroom house

THE GILL

2 bedroom flat

THE BALLANTYNE

3 bedroom house

THE WALKER

2 bedroom house

THE BRODIE

4 bedroom house