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main image Sluice house and new cut, Loch Leven, Kinross-shire
Between 1827 and 1832, the upper reaches of the River Leven were canalised, the loch lowered by 1.4m and the flow regulated by sluices. This regulated the flow to water-powered industries along the river and allowed adjacent land to be reclaimed.

The house (centre) was built for a sluice keeper whose job it was to regulate the flow and keep the new cut free of ice and debris.

The work was authorised under a special Act of Parliament and the cost shared amongst mill owners.

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