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Report - Barbour Threads - Hilden Mill - Lisburn - August 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Speed, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. Speed

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    This mill (or more rightfully 'mill complex' as its way more then just one mill) has been a long time target of mine. We first attempted a visit in 2009 but due to our hapless local friends who insisted you had to ask at the gate to be let in (yeh right!) we only ended up seeing a small part of the site. The next year we tried to return again but alas when our flight was cancelled due to an Icelandic ash cloud that trip had to be canned as well.. After that it seemed like interest in big road-trips within my little group of friends dwindled away and the next few years went by without much thought to going back.. Finally 2015 was the year to put things right and boy was it a welcome return. I rate this explore up there with my first trip to the legendary Broadford works which, anyone who knows that place will realise, is going some!

    The site is a group of buildings dating from the early 1800s. Each mill building is unique with quirky architecture and embellishments present round every corner. This place really was the epitome of exploring old mills. Everything from amazing iron framed roof trusses to epic under-stairs cupboards overflowing with old looms parts were to be found. We mooched around weaving sheds overflowing with foliage, climbed up into engine houses full of Minton tiles, dashed along mill races ducking in and out of the buddlia... my idea of heaven i think!!


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  2. Speed

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    mmmm engine hall tiles.

    I really need to go and see that, despite the epic ferry cost.
     
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    That cast iron corner piece is awesome! I've never seen anything like it.
     
  5. Dr.Gusto

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    smooth as silk
     
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    hey, been wanting to go there for agers how did you get in?
     
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    I've been to the location a few times now and can't figure out how to enter either
     
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