Heritage ANgel Awards 2017 - Vote Sebastian Graham, Project: Mills of Northern Ireland
A little about My research
Mills of Northern Ireland aims to put our industrial heritage back on the map. How is this being achieved? Through the use of the Valuation Records, Ordnance Survey Map Records and local information.
Each mill has its own unique history, charm and characters. Unfortunately many of the buildings have been demolished or neglected. Photographing the remains of mills is another objective of this site. A number of site visits occur throughout the year to look at mills in different areas. This cannot be achieved solely by me. You can help by sending photographs of mills in your area of Northern Ireland to me (Contact Form at top of screen) or via the Facebook website and it will be uploaded to the system. Also record your parents, grandparents and neighbors to keep the heritage alive as memories of these places are fast disappearing.
Scroll below to see the map.
Video showing some of the processes from flax to linen. This may originate from America (maybe Pennsylvania) due to the clothing style and machinery used. Donating material to the site makes it accessible for others.
How to use this site
To access the database hover over "more" at the top right of this page and click on what page you want to access. The mills are valued according to £ s d (pounds, shillings and pence), the vast majority of mills have little value but some may reach up to £1500.0.0. This takes into consideration the contents of the mill and the building type, however in some cases it does not reflect the mills' true cost. These Valuation Records are most useful in finding out who owned or leased the mill. It also contains information provided by members of the public and historical journals.
Zoom into your area of interest on the map below and click on a marker to bring up its history and use.
This site was established on Monday 6th July 2015 at 19:34 after many many long months of deciding to create a website for this subject.
County Tyrone has been mapped out as of July 2015 = 561 mills
County Fermanagh has been mapped out as of October 2015 = 150 mills County Armagh has been mapped out as of January 2016 = 414 mills
County Antrim has been mapped out as of August 2016 = 713 mills
County Londonderry has been mapped as of March 2016 = 507 mills
County Down has been mapped out as of February 2017 = 835 mills
Total mills to date 07/09/2017 = 3180 mills
All mills of Northern Ireland have been mapped as of 1st February 2017. All that remains is to accurately map mills in Belfast, to upload historic information and identify any lost mills. Endless.
Summer 2017 - About 50 mill sites visited across Northern Ireland, interviewed four people regarding mills and their experiences with them and preparation for talks during Autumn and Winter.
I also created another map exploring mills from the 1600's across Ireland. http://www.millsofnorthernireland.com/othermaps.html
Come Day, Go day by John O'Connor - http://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com/ Describing life in Mill Row in Armagh, the built environment around them and the characters that lived there. Available to buy at Armagh County Museum and online.