Some buildings succumb to dereliction through being no longer commercially viable. Finding alternative uses, particularly to a level attractive to the owners compared to demolition and redevelopment is difficult and it is understandable that some are lost.

Littlemill Disillery in Bowling in West Dunbartonshire is such a case. It was considered by some to be Scotland's oldest distillery. It is thought that it was established in 1772. Rebuilt in 1875, the distillery used the process of triple distillation until the mid 1930's. It was mothballed from 1984 to 1989. with production resumed for about 5 years after modernisation of the installation. It was again closed in 1994 and its equipment dismantled. The site now has a new block of flats.

The development of flats was repeated across the road. In the adjoining open space is the Littlemill Distillery Exciseman's House. This is listed B. looking at it now, it is difficult to see why it deserves such a rating, but it used to be much more dignified and formed an integral part of the Bowling village streetscape.

The Buildings at Risk Register has a full description of its demise and considerations of the circumstances. It is always possible to restore a building, even in such dire condition. While the challenges for historical authenticity increase, there is sometimes more scope for reinterpretation in new and attractive ways. The answer to some examples such as this is perhaps to make it a planning condition that listed buildings are always part of the redevelopment proposals.

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