Places to See | Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
You can buy one of only 200 spades made by hand every year, at this the last working water-driven spade mill in daily use in the British Isles.
Discover the history and culture behind the humble spade. Listen to the hammers, smell the grit, feel the heat and witness the thrill on a guided tour of traditional spade-making, vividly capturing life during the Industrial Revolution.
Visitors can watch as red hot billets of steel are removed from the forge and fashioned into spades using the mills massive trip hammer.
Address: Patterson’s Spade Mill, 751 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim BT39 0AP