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Report - Herdman's Sion Mills Flax Mill, Ireland Sept 2017

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. dweeb

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    This place is presents a real "wow" factor when you first approach it. The site is split by it's turbine race, and despite some fire damage it is still an incredibly imposing building.

    Today the mill stands with it's top floor destroyed, along with fire ravaged offices and weaving sheds. However the main bulk of the mill is still fairly intact and is still full of bobbins, bits of machinery and thousands of flax fiber tubes. As you find with many of these long established firms the mill had survived very original with little modernization. One wonders if this was by design, or if money was tight in the last quarter of the century. The under stairs cupboards, workshops and side rooms were still piled with bits of loom, cast gear wheels and wooden bobbins. This leads me to believe that the offices were probably full of paperwork too, but sadly I guess I'll never know :(

    On the other side of the mill race was yet another largely intact mill building, complete with looms in the bottom floor. Next to it stands two generations of hydro electric stations, the older of which incredibly still contains it's turbine and vintage electrical controls. The building obviously floods when the river is in flood, and everything is covered in a chocolate pudding-esque sludge,.

    The more modern of the two is in fact still in use, but peering through the un-glazed caged windows I was frustrated to see beautiful art nouveau tiles. We'll have to settle at looking at rubbish pictures through the mesh for now...

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  2. dweeb

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    Another great report. Looks epic inside and out. Nice one.
     
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    Cracking stuff, its still a good mooch.
     
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    Lovely stuff as usual. Shame about all those documents being destroyed, I always enjoy flicking through that kind of thing.
     
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    Its bullshit. Its the weaving sheds that had a fire recently and there wasn't any documents in there.
     
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    Fantastic - that is infact a WB400 not a Teletalk. The predecessor to the WB1401 which is often seen on the wall of ROC Posts, it would have recieved the Attack Warning Red message, meaning the mill was probably also issued with a hand operated siren.

    Its very interesting that this was in the Republic of Ireland as i thought they were only issued in the UK!

    Edit: just realised its in Northern Ireland. Still cool though!
     
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    So did The Republic of Ireland have no early warning system?
     
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    Admin was the latest building to burn, with all the documents inside, that was probably the 4/5 fire that's happened there now. I was in admin last year and saw old records dating back to when children worked there. Shame to see the historical documents all gone.
     
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    Photos please!
     
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