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TITLE
Quern on wooden frame
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P261
DISTRICT
North Yell, Shetland
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1860s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31631
KEYWORDS
querns
stones
mills
milling
grain
flour
production
Quern on wooden frame

A quern is a simple stone mill for grinding corn by hand. It is made from two round, flat stones placed one on top of the other. The top stone is turned by a handle and has an opening in the top to add the grain. Although a quern was usually worked by hand, the handle of the top stone was sometimes turned by a water wheel. This quern was found in a cottage in North Yell, Shetland.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Quern on wooden frame

1860s

querns; stones; mills; milling; grain; flour; production

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

A quern is a simple stone mill for grinding corn by hand. It is made from two round, flat stones placed one on top of the other. The top stone is turned by a handle and has an opening in the top to add the grain. Although a quern was usually worked by hand, the handle of the top stone was sometimes turned by a water wheel. This quern was found in a cottage in North Yell, Shetland.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)