Barbour Mill has a long and prestigious history in Lisburn and as the end of an era draws near many local people will be recalling their own memories of Barbour Threads.
In 1784 John Barbour, who hailed from Scotland, established a linen thread works in Lisburn.
At the same time his son, William, bought a derelict bleach green at Hilden and set up business.
Later, the thread works were transferred to Hilden and as early as 1817 it was employing 122 workers.
In 1823 William Barbour bought a former bleach mill at Hilden and built a water-powered twisting mill.
The Linen Thread Company was founded 1898 and it quickly became a large international company.
In fact it became the largest linen thread mill in the world, giving Lisburn a richly deserved international reputation.
By 1914 it employed about 2,000 people and until recently some 300 workers were still employed there, with the work-
force dropping to just 85 in recent years.
Among the company's varied products were nets, which could be made into snares and fishing nets.
The company built a model village for its workforce in Hilden, which consisted of 350 houses, two schools, a community hall, children's playground and village sports ground.
Lisburn became the envy of the world thanks to its Linen and Thread industry and now the last remnant of that history is to close its doors for the last time.
Although I think we were about 6 years too late with this one. This was somewhere I have wanted to go for quite some time but with other commitments and other places to explore while in NI it always got shoved to the back seat. This trip we finally got to go, explored with @hamtagger we had quite a leisurely stroll round this one. The first thing I noticed when getting close was how it was becoming crowded with new housing and developments. Still, it sits proud within its place. A bit of the site has already been demolished. The place is bloody massive! It is easiest the biggest site I have been to. Spending numerous hours there and still not getting around the whole site led us to leave before darkness fell. The architecture was pretty impressive with the stonework and iron gables or whatever you call them. Surprisingly, despite being closed several years and falling victim to vandalism, graffiti & metal theft it still has so much to offer. There were little cupboards dotted about in most sections with linen/ thread materials. Loads of hand painted signs that were of little importance but I like stuff like that. The decay was pretty cool and I loved how trees were growing out of the top floors. Nature really was reclaiming it. A few of the ceilings had fallen in with those areas a bit more decayed than others. Right on to the pics
The whole site (not my pic)
Some old advertising material I found online
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St Maryâ€™s in Clapham is one of the major Catholic Victorian churches of South London. It was opened to serve the growing numbers of Catholics living around Clapham Common in the middle of the 19th Century who came to work on the new roads and railways, as well as meet the demand by the rising middle classes to enlarge their domestic staffs. The church was designed in a Gothic style by William Wardell and has later additions by J E Bentley, architect of Westminster Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid on 2 August 1849 and the church was opened by Cardinal Wiseman on 14 May 1851. The spire is currently being restored by a Heritage Lottery funded project.
I love climbing stuff close to where I live, I love that satisfaction of looking up at something knowing you've been on the top! I've been passing this on the bus for months and kept forgetting about it, hardly an epic but I think it's probably the highest structure in Clapham. It's certainly a local landmark around here as there are literally no other high structures around. I was surprised how long it took to get to the top, it's actually 170ft even though it doesn't look it. I popped up on the way home from a night out and enjoyed a bottle of cider up top, as you do like
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How many people do I hear complaining about games request on FaceBook.
Just so many myself included and am bored with the long winded means FB provide.
So had a quick look at a way of finding a better way of filtering them out.
Many like playing but simply not my thing and have received so many recently.
I quickly found one that really works and is free.
I gave it a good trial and have been no problems or issues ,so thought id share.
Heres a YouTube tutorial link.
Also the link to the down load.
Fucking bliss had no Games requests for almost a week and you can filter out so much more
It gives you this on your tool bar
Click and gives you this and problems solved and lots more.
FaceBook are none to keen on the link to site and will block it if posted on their medium hence ive shared here.