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


dweeb

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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").
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...





Teletalk! We assume there weren't too many places on the phone line when this was installed





































 

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Idle Hands

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Lovely stuff as usual. Shame about all those documents being destroyed, I always enjoy flicking through that kind of thing.
 

Speed

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Its bullshit. Its the weaving sheds that had a fire recently and there wasn't any documents in there.
 

Krypton

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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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Irishmanlost

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Its bullshit. Its the weaving sheds that had a fire recently and there wasn't any documents in there.
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.
 

dweeb

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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.
Photos please!
 

kevinmcm19

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i was staying with family in the village recently took a quick walk round the outside but didn't want venture to far in to the building as the women who owns it is a bit of a nutcase
 

LINESHAFT

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nice report, good to get back into this after a few years, really liking this shot
 

strikey

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their were documents burned. the offices which recently cought fire where newly renovated and where the owner was storing the vast amount of documents and other intact items from its past, including a set of very nice type writers. some of the documents were quite interesting, some original and one was an excel guide written by a man who lives up the road. also crates of schloer for some reason.
 

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