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The Spinning Room, Wm Barbour & Sons LTD, 1938

This week’s Virtual Museum item is a 1938 photograph of the No. 3 Spinning Room staff at Wm. Barbour & Sons Ltd. Hilden Mill. The Barbour Mill at Hilden has deep historical connections with Lisburn, and was a source of employment for many local families.

Two hundred years ago, in 1823 William Barbour bought a former bleach mill at Hilden and built a water-powered twisting mill. It was one of the first water powered mills on the river Lagan. By 1890 William Barbour & Son LTD was considered the largest linen-thread manufacturer in the world.  With factories in Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, the firm gave Lisburn a well deserved international reputation.

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Hilden Mill workers 1938. ILC&LM Collection.
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