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

3 Responses to Patterson’s Spade Mill

  1. Is it possible to purchase a Patterson hand made spade online, if so how much and also for delivery.



    Angela October 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm Reply
  2. Is it possible to buy a handmade spade? I would love one for a very special person on his retirement.
    No prizes for guessing its for myself!,,
    Would appreciate a reply.
    Many thanks! Henry.

    Henry Gallagher December 10, 2019 at 9:54 pm Reply
    • Hi Henry. I think it is. Best to contact the Spade Mill directly on 02894433619

      Thomas December 11, 2019 at 10:39 am Reply

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