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Report - Herdmans Flax Mill & Hydroelectric Station - Sion Mills - August 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Speed, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Speed

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    Wow is all i can say! This place was amazing. We had already hit up one stunning mill complex in Northern Ireland at Barbour Threads then the next day we rocked up here and found another one to rival it! We tried to visit here on our 2009 Ireland trip but when we arrived there was an army of gardeners tending to the bowling green out front and we didnt even get out of the car. At the time it was a little heartbreaking as it looked stunning (if not a little confusing why a derp mill had a mint garden around it!) This time it was totally different experience, the garden was still nice but we turned up to find the place apparently deserted and the gates wide open. The new factory building the company built next door to replace this mill is now empty too and the whole place was virtually a free for all apart from one guy who was on site tending to the sluice gates for half an hour or so. He soon left locking us in and we had it to ourselves.

    The mill itself is excellent, exactly how you want mills to be. Maybe it would have been nice to see a bit more machinery in situe still but the fabric of the building was great and every corner had a new cubby hole or hidden room to ferret around in. Parts of the mill appeared to have been 'restored' at some point but were now also sitting empty. We didnt bother with these bits really preferring to stick the the epic untouched parts.

    The best part of this place was saved until last however. I had read that there was still a working hydroelectric plant on site and sure enough we could hear this running in mildly locked down part of the building. What i hadn't realised was the plant that this had replaced in 1996 was sitting there derelict next door.. Wow, the pictures speak for themselves i think!

    More info on http://www.sionmills.com/

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  2. Speed

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    Really nice mate good work :)
     
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    Wow, what a beaut
     
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    Yowsa, that's some proper industrial derpiness ya got there ! :thumb The hydro plant is especially :cool: cheers! :D
     
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    love this is in my home village
     
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    Bloody great stuff what a cracking looking place. Sure @Will Knot would like this one. Thanks for sharing and nice pics
     
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    Looks extremely good. Efforts paying off once again.
     
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    i live in the willows and did a post about this before. those building that are sitting empty have camers and arnt always empty so probably good that you didnt enter. i couldnt get into the main mill building but i did find some cool under ground space in the big shed thing with half a wall missing and alot of fire extinguishers. these photos are amazing well done i think i seen some explorers in there up on a hill near a river walk way.
     
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    Both look cracking sites and good to see something new again, cheers for posting :thumb
     
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    Been on my list over here for AGES....seeing this means it has to be visited in the near future!
     
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