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.