Photograph Paterson's Spade Mill



Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick

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 2018
from 30th March to 30th September: Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays & N.I. Public Holidays. Easter week, daily.   May 28th to 26th August, daily except Thursdays & Fridays. Opening hours, 12.00-16.00. (see web site for more details of dates).

National Mills Weekend opening times 2018
Saturday & Sunday, 12.00-16.00.

Colin Dawson, tel. 028 9443 3619.


Web site