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Report - Herdmans Flax Mill (Sion Mills) Ireland - July 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Camera Shy, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Camera Shy

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    Visited with @sammydoublewhammy @host and @Cloth Head - Something we had been planning to see for way too long, superb mill complex and that hydro power house just to top it off, what's not to like ?

    From wiki - Sion Mills was laid out as a model linen village by the Herdman brothers, James, John and George. In 1835 they converted an old flour mill on the River Mourne into a flax spinning mill, and erected a bigger mill behind it in the 1850s

    The River Mourne was the reason that Herdman's Mill was built in Sion Mills, County Tyrone. It was founded in 1835 and is a large complex of now listed buildings, the most prominent of which was built in 1853 by William Henry Lynn of Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon, Belfast. This is a very large and handsome five-storey mill built in Italianate style of greyashlar stone quarried locally, with yellow brick extensions added in 1884 to 1900. There had been a series of corn mills on the site, (the earliest recorded in 1640), with the latest one rebuilt in 1828 which the three Herdman brothers from Belfast, and their partners, the Mulhollands, purchased from the Marquis of Abercorn, and this became part of the 1835 tow mill next to the river, now the three-storey "Old Mill". The immense water-power of the River Mourne provided 1000 water horsepower. The water-power and its history are still very much a feature of the Mill with the modern turbines, the newly developed river walks and picnic areas overlooking the huge weir and the 35 ft wide mill lade which flows on to run between the two main buildings of the Mill. There is also a complicated system of sluices and a suspension bridge ("the swinging bridge").

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  2. Camera Shy

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    Some very nice shots of a very impressive looking place there mate :thumb
     
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    looks rather nice m8. Always enjoy your reports and photos
     
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    Very nice work indeed...great shots and report :thumb
     
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    Looks like it has a little bit for every industry lover tucked away inside there, nice work fella!
     
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    Bangalang
     
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    very nice, great photos - good time for mills apparently ;-)
     
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    Sammy double-stride whammy on tour.
     
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    Looks like a great place. Expect the place to get more visits now you've visited the place. Tour buses rolling up outside the place lol secca
     
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    *books ferry*
     
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    Crackin set of photos there. :thumb
     
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    this looks fantastic i was wondering what the security etc is like around the location and the best way in as we will have a journey to get here and want to make sure we will be able to get in , thanks
     
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    Security is a one legged blind man with a spanial (who bites). To get in you have to canoe down the river and crawl in to the turbine intake. Then you unbolt a plate and climb out into the mill. Easy peasy

    Have fun!
     
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    Really beautiful photos; really love the last one with the dozens of windows.
     
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