J2865 : Former Barbour's Mill. Hilden (5)

taken 10 years ago, near to Lambeg, Northern Ireland

Former Barbour's Mill. Hilden (5)
Former Barbour's Mill. Hilden (5)
Four days later this building (on the southern side of the site) was damaged by a serious fire.
To quote from a media report “More than 60 firefighters tackled a blaze at the five floor Hilden Mill on Saturday afternoon. No-one was injured and the fire was brought under control, and DOE officials have been advised that the building - a Victorian textiles mill - appears to be stable. "I commend the valiant efforts of around 60 firefighters to bring this fire under control and save these buildings," said [Environment] minister Alex Attwood. "Their prompt response has ensured that the Hilden Mill complex - although damaged significantly - has not been destroyed. They have my admiration and sincere thanks."” Continue to J2865 : Former Barbour's Mill, Hilden (6).
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
Tuesday, 17 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 281 652 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:31.1662N 6:1.3324W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 280 651
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Canal Disused  Hilden  Hilden Mill  Barbour Threads  Lagan Valley  Lagan Towpath  Mill (Former)  Buildings at Risk 

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