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Report - Barbour Threads, Lisburn Ireland Sept 2017

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. dweeb

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    I've wanted to see this place for as long as I can remember. My attempt at getting there was thwarted by the ash cloud of 2009 and amazingly it's taken me 8 years to finally get here!

    The mill is a vast complex, which claimed to be the largest thread mill in the world. I'd parallel the mills to Aberdeen's Broadford works, in that it is just as vast in both size and architectural styles and eras. It also mirrors Broadford in that it has steadily fallen into dereliction over the past decade, and the mill I found was not the mill I had seen pictures of in the mid 2000's. Over the past ten year fire and natural decay has taken it's toll, and the rows of machinery that could be seen back then have all long since been removed. Nature is really taking the place back now and the weaving sheds are alive with greenery. Despite all this destruction and decay, I always appreciate a mill that fell into disuse straight after textile production, rather than finding other uses afterwards. There is still plenty of textile related tat to rake through, if you know what you are looking for...

    Despite all this I was overall very impressed, both with the mill's size and features. Tiled engine hall, stone carvings of beasts, endless spinning floors and the standard nooks and crannies that these places are filled with was enough to quench my thirst for linen industry exploring on this trip.

    In all honesty I could have spent all day here, but the ladies were tiring of "fetid boring mills" (despite the fact we had more to come :) ) and the weather was really not on our side, literally unrelenting heavy rain for our entire time here! Due to this my photos really don't do the place justice, but I fear if I ever do get the chance to return there will be even less left to see...

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Been waiting to see a decent set of pictures from here.

    The carvings are unique and amazing, as is 'Ahead in Thread'

    Nice work !
     
  3. tarkovsky

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    Love this. Awesome photos. There really is nothing better than a worn mill.
     
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    Hmm, the Mrs was taking about going on a linen tour of N Eire at some stage (interested in textiles you see). A quick check of locations indicates there is a bunch of derelict Mills there including this rather stunning one - I think I'm going to have to tag along...
     
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    Seems to be maturing nicely :)
     
  6. beautifully_derelict_ni

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    Outstanding - I live nearby and have been wanting to get up there for ages. Where did you gain access?
     
  7. Camera Shy

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    Blimey you were right, still a good one. Wish we'd made the effort now.
     
  8. pigeonboy

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    well written and incredible pictures. nice report!
     
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    absolutely stunning, i could spend days in there
     
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