Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This mill was set up in 1790 by the Alexander family and by 1830 it had a turnover of nearly £200,000, amzing in that the buildings and land were valued in 1853 at £370(not including machinery). It had both an 18 foot and a 22 foot wheel making it one of the largest and most powerful mills in Great Britain and Ireland at the time. In 1862 it was turning out 40 to 50 thousand bags of flour a year when disaster struck. Fire struck in November destroying most of the machinery and a several thousand bags of wheat, but leaving the contents of the office. The fire is thought to have started by a spark of the grinding wheel and burned for several days, it was seen in Carlow town nearly 7 Kilometers away.
Posted by Paz at 10:53 PM