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Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick

Location
Grid reference: J 263 856
Postcode: BT39 0AP
Three miles E of Templepatrick on A6 Belfast to Antrim road, between Sandyknowes, Glengormley and Templepatrick roundabouts.

The last surviving water-powered spade mill in Ireland.  Hear the thunder of the tilt hammer, the smell of oil and wood shavings, and see the mass of belts, governors and flywheels which combine to operate the last water driven spade mill still working in the British Isles, on a site with a long industrial heritage. Spades were made here commercially until 1990, and now the original equipment has been fully restored and is again in production. 
Owned by the National Trust.

Opening times 2017
from 14th April, May, & September: Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays. Easter week, daily.   June to end August, daily except Thursdays & Fridays  
Opening hours, 12.00-16.00. (see web site for more details of dates).

National Mills Weekend opening times 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 12.00-16.00.

Contact
Colin Dawson, tel. 028 9443 3619.

Email
pattersons@nationaltrust.org.uk

Web site
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pattersons-spade-mill