Survey Data

Reg No

13313004


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social Technical


Previous Name

Mosstown Mill


Original Use

Mill (water)


Date

1780 - 1820


Coordinates

211110, 264152


Date Recorded

08/08/2005


Date Updated

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Description

Detached multiple-bay four-storey former flour mill on L-shaped plan, built c. 1800, now disused. Roof now collapsed. Roughcast rendered roughly coursed limestone walls. Square-headed window openings with tooled cut limestone sills. Square-headed door openings. Machinery now removed. Set at a bend in the road at the north end of a mill complex incorporating millrace to the west of site and interconnecting millponds to south. Tooled carved monolithic limestone gate pier to east of site. Former bathing house at edge of millpond to south of site, of roughly coursed limestone construction and having cast-iron boat rings to pond elevation. Located to the west of Keenagh.

Appraisal

The substantial remains of a large-scale former milling complex, which retains its enormous industrial scale and character despite its derelict condition. The remains of the millponds to the south and the millrace to the west provide an interesting historical insight into past industrial processes. It probably dates to the late-eighteenth or early-nineteenth century, which was a boom period for the Irish corn milling industry. It formerly had a breast water wheel, later replaced by a turbine. It was a source of employment for the town of Keenagh until 1912, when it accidentally burned down. The location of this mill adjacent to the east of the Royal Canal suggests that it may have availed of commercial opportunities associated with this transport amenity. Local landlords were often involved in the development of the canals and local industry and the location of a bathing house to the south of the site, accessible from the Mosstown Demesne, may indicate a landlord involvement in the development of this complex. This flour mill complex forms an attractive group in the landscape and represents an important part of the social history and the industrial and architectural heritage of the Keenagh/Mosstown area.