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Report - Barbour Threads, Hilden, Northern Ireland - July 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Ulsterman, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. Ulsterman

    Ulsterman 28DL Full Member
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    In 1784 John Barbour, who hailed from Scotland, established a linen thread works in Lisburn.

    At the same time his son, William, bought a derelict bleach green at Hilden and set up business.

    Later, the thread works were transferred to Hilden and as early as 1817 it was employing 122 workers.

    In 1823 William Barbour bought a former bleach mill at Hilden and built a water-powered twisting mill.

    The Linen Thread Company was founded 1898 and it quickly became a large international company.

    In fact it became the largest linen thread mill in the world, giving Lisburn a richly deserved international reputation.

    Among the company's varied products were nets, which could be made into snares and fishing nets.

    The company built a model village for its workforce in Hilden, which consisted of 350 houses, two schools, a community hall, children's playground and village sports ground.

    This is a little bit image heavy I'm afraid, but it is a big place :p

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  2. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    Re: Barbour Threads, Hilden, Northern Ireland

    Needs a month/year on the report header bud
     
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    Re: Barbour Threads, Hilden, Northern Ireland

    Certainly extensive! I note that the pikeys have lifted a large number of slates.
     
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    Re: Barbour Threads, Hilden, Northern Ireland

    Despite it's appearance i really like the look of this place. The cellar looks like it has blue prints in their too..
     
  5. Ulsterman

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    Re: Barbour Threads, Hilden, Northern Ireland

    Yes in the cellar we found blueprints for linen dye equipment dating back to the 1920s in some places, as well as old magazines and records from different machines :)
     
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    quite liking this actually... looks like some very nice views to be had from the roof
     
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    Re: Barbour Threads, Hilden, Northern Ireland

    :thumb good stuff... always nice to find things like that
     
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    Bet you were here for hours, looks absolutely massive. Cool looking place, good shots :thumb
     
  9. Speed

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    This place is a mill explorers wet dream. Been meaning to go back forever.. Good to see some recent pics!
     
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    Very nice, good to see some stuff from across the pond :)
     
  11. Vylkrie

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    looks good! were you able to go to the roof?
     
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    Speed, Clebby...

    Passports in date?
     
  13. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Yes, but its in the UK!
     
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    Ahh, so it is!
     
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    Ahh amazing shots! I did a photoshoot here a year or two ago I think, was in a lot of the places you captured, but you also got some great pictures of parts we didn't come across! Such an amazing building, I'd go every week if I could! Preferably in more appropriate exploring gear than the last time, 8 inch heels and a few bags worth of photography equipment made it much more stressful.:')
     
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