Old Photograph Barrmill Scotland

Old photograph of Barrmill in North Ayrshire, Scotland. A village grew up here due to the employment provided by the several limestone quarries that were present at one time. The village that developed had a population of 300 in 1876 and 600 in 1951, when the threadmaking industry had just ceased, although the workers still lived in company houses and were transported daily to the threadmaking factory at Kilbirnie. This mill was founded in the middle of the 19th century to make linen thread, much used at the time for boot and shoe making, and for sailmaking; an offshoot of the much larger linen thread mills at Kilbirnie. The largest of the mill buildings was a three storeyed, flat roofed mill, with a fireproof interior with brick arches on cast iron columns. In 1965 the buildings were being used as a fertiliser factory. The mill buildings have been demolished, but the offices still survive.

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