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 neighbours to keep the heritage alive as memories of these places are fast disappearing.
Happy to help with enquiries. Have access and knowledge of the British Newspaper Archive and the Registry of deeds as well as other resources.
Scroll below to see the map.
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 long months of deciding to create a website for this subject.
County Tyrone has been mapped out as of July 2015 = 573 mills
County Fermanagh has been mapped out as of October 2015 = 157 mills County Armagh has been mapped out as of January 2016 = 419 mills
County Antrim has been mapped out as of August 2016 = 651 mills
County Londonderry has been mapped as of March 2016 = 507 mills
County Down has been mapped out as of February 2017 = 827 mills
Belfast - mapped out as of March 2019 = 930 mills and factories
Total mills to date 15/04/2020 4064 mills
Covid 19 update - Very little mills visited as a result of the lockdown. Have been transcribing records, oral testimonies and more excitingly mapping mills of Southern Ireland. I have added this to my main map out of handiness.
All mills of Northern Ireland have been mapped as of 28th March 2019
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.
Spring 2018 - Some mill visits and began the task of finishing Belfast Mills. Over 500 at present.
March 2019 - I dont often update the website, but I can gladly say that I finished mapping Northern Ireland's Mills
April 2020 - Updating maps and downloaded roughly 10000 deeds regarding mills. This will help with tracing early history of mills especailly in 1700s and changes in ownership.
I also created another map exploring mills from the 1600's across Ireland. http://www.millsofnorthernireland.com/othermaps.html