Patterson’s Spade Mill

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.

This is a popular historical site in Northern Ireland which is open on European Heritage Open Days

Address: Patterson’s Spade Mill, 751 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim BT39 0AP

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Antrim is the county town of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Antrim is a small town not frequently visited by tourists, yet it is one of the more historic towns in Northern Ireland with many interesting sights and buildings of historic note.

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