J2865 : Former Barbour's Mill, Hilden (6)

taken 11 years ago, near to Lambeg, Northern Ireland

Former Barbour's Mill, Hilden (6)
Former Barbour's Mill, Hilden (6)
See J2865 : Former Barbour's Mill. Hilden (5). I walked along the towpath, from Lambeg, arriving at Hilden just after 09.20. At a distance of, perhaps, a ¼ mile there was a strong smell of burning/smoke which I thought was inevitable since the extensive fire was still less than a day ago. I did notice, however, that there was smoke coming from the top of the building (middle of the photograph).
From thus angle, on the towpath, the damage was not particularly apparent.
J2865 : Former Barbour's Mill, Hilden (7) gives a better idea of the damage.
Barbour's Mill, Hilden, Lisburn

Barbour’s Hilden Mill opened in 1784 and closed in 2006. Part of the premises is listed under the number HB19/17/013.
Also on the official “at risk” register where it is described as “A vast industrial complex of early-19th century origins containing a number of substantial buildings from later phases of development, some of which are still partially in use. At one time, according to Bassett, the mill accommodated “the largest manufacturers in the world of tailors™ thread and shoemakers ™ thread for hand and machine sewing“ a function which has slowly been diminished. The complex comprises a number of brick, stone and stucco finished buildings with perhaps the most interesting, architecturally, being the five-bay, two-storey counting house. The remaining structures are, for the most part, unadorned but are just as impressive due to the scale and robustness of their construction. Refs: Bassett, G. H., The book of County Antrim, Dublin, 1888, pp. 218-219 ” .
So far (17 May 2011) it remains standing with no redevelopment underway.
Note added 22 May 2011: one of the buildings (on the southern side of the site) was damaged by a fire on 21 May 2011.
Note added 19 March 2016: the building is in a very dilapidated state and is now being offered for sale. I have no connection with the property or sale and cannot enter into correspondence.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Derelict, Disused  Industry  Canals 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 2812 6525 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:31.1662N 6:1.3324W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 2809 6510
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Hilden  Hilden Mill  Barbour Threads  Lagan Valley  Mill (Former)  Fire (Site Of)  Fire Damage  Buildings at Risk 

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