I visited this building, a semi derelict grain mill today, open as part of Heritage Week. The name of the mill is misleading. Whilst it is located in the townland of Tuckmill, which would suggest that there may have been a tuck mill in the area, the mill itself is a grain mill.
From talking to two elderly gents on site, the mill ceased operating c. 1955 but retains most of its machinery. Sadly, the millwheel is gone. The bay for this remains and led me to an interesting discovery. The shaft of the mill will did not double up as the main shaft, but instead the latter is offset and at a higher level. This would suggest that there was another cog between the millwheel and the main shaft cog to drive the latter. The wheel was an overshot wheel with a mill pond located behind the mill. There is no trace of the tail race.
From talking to the structural engineer who has reported on the building, an industrial archaeology survey by the island's leading industrial archaeologist Fred Hamond has been commissioned and will be carried out in due course. This should allow for a fuller description of the mill and its activities.
I have created an album in my photo gallery for this mill here. The photographs will be added to this shortly.
Days Hotel Belfast - located in a lovely area of Belfast where the Union Jack flies from every lamppost and the kerbstones are painted blue white and red.
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