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Lifeforce Mill, Mill Rock, River Street, Cavan, County Cavan
40001069
West elevation and entrance
Reg. No.40001069
Date1845 - 1850
Previous NameN/A
TownlandLURGANBOY (UPPER LOUGHTEE BY.)
CountyCounty Cavan
Coordinates241961, 304571
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usemill (water)
Additional Usemuseum/gallery
 
Description
Attached multiple-bay two-storey former corn mill, built 1846, with three-bay extension on split-level to west and two-storey return to side. Renovated 1995 as a museum and coffee shop, now vacant. Pitched slate roof with cast-iron rainwater goods and sandstone eaves course with timber louvered vent at apex. Roughcast-rendered walls. Irregular fenestration with openings of varying size having with timber louvred windows, one cast-iron lattice window and plain battened doors at ground level. Unusual scales hanging from bracket on west gable. Adjacent mill building to the north, removed from its original site and rebuilt here in 1995. Wrought-iron gates to the yard at the north of the site, upper yard bounded by rubble walls.

Appraisal

The only surviving example of five mills in Cavan town, the former Lifeforce Mill is important element of the industrial heritage of the town. The functional location of the mill on the banks of an historic mill race makes a strong aesthetic contribution to the architectural landscape, and gives insight into how energy was generated for industrial use in the town in former times. Architecturally the mill typifies the simple finishes and plan form of mill buildings having an unornamented exterior. The variously sized openings and their locations illustrate the process of bringing corn and milled product into and out of the building.
 
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