County Kilkenny: THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF COUNTY KILKENNY

Supported by the rivers Nore and Barrow together with the innumerable associated tributaries, Kilkenny possesses a fine collection of mills, both substantial and small-scale, that have long-supported the rural agricultural economy of the county. Exhibiting an impressive scale, a cluster of mills in the Kells area have origins dating back to the early twelfth century. Records for further examples of mills dating from the eighteenth, the nineteenth, and the twentieth centuries are viewable by selecting the mill category from the drop-down menu in the Advanced Search section of this webpage.

Lacken Corn Mill, Dublin Road (off), LACKEN, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached ten-bay four-storey corn mill with attic, built 1774. In use as flour mill, pre-1840. Extensively reconstructed, 1876. Disused, 1946. Now in ruins. Pitched roof now gone with no rainwater goods surviving on yellow brick eaves. Random rubble limestone walls with dressed limestone quoins to corners, red brick irregular bond sections to gables, and yellow…


Greenvale Woollen Mills (Kilkenny Bleach Mills), Bleach Road, BLEACHGREEN, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Bleach mill complex, c.1800, including: (i) Attached six-bay two-storey mill building with attic. Renovated, 1905, to accommodate use as woollen mill. In use, 1945-6. Reroofed, c.1950. Now disused. Pitched roof with replacement corrugated-asbestos, c.1950, concrete ridge tiles, rooflights, and iron rainwater goods on rendered eaves. Unpainted roughcast walls over random rubble limestone construction. Square-headed window…


Nicholas Mosse, BENNETTSBRIDGE (D.P.), Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny

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Attached three-bay six-storey flour mill, c.1825, originally detached with eight-bay six-storey side elevations. In use as corn mill, 1899-1902. Extensively renovated, post-1976, with some openings remodelled to accommodate commercial use. Hipped slate roof with clay ridge tiles, and cast-iron rainwater goods on slightly overhanging rendered eaves. Unpainted roughcast lime rendered walls over random rubble stone…


Kells Flour Mill (Mullins Corn Mill), GARRYNAMANN LOWER, Kells, County Kilkenny

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Flour mill complex, established 1782, including: (i) Detached four-bay three-storey rubble stone flour mill possibly incorporating fabric of earlier mill, 1204-6, with two-bay single-storey projecting bay to left ground floor, single-bay three-storey return to north-east leading to single-bay two-storey return block with attic to east, and two-bay two-storey lean-to infill mill manager's house to south-east.…


Kells Flour Mill (Hutchinson's Corn Mill), KELLSBOROUGH, Kells, County Kilkenny

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Detached thirteen-bay five-storey rubble stone flour mill, c.1800, with single-bay five-storey return to south-east. Subsequently in use as corn mill, pre-1902. Closed, 1902. Disused, 1948. Recommissioned, pre-1973. Now disused. Hipped slate roof (including to return) with clay ridge tiles, and iron rainwater goods on rendered squared rubble stone eaves. Random rubble stone walls to front…


Grenan Flour Mill, Mill Street, GRENAN, Thomastown, County Kilkenny

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Flour mill complex, c.1775, including : (i) Detached fourteen-bay five-storey flour mill on an U-shaped plan probably incorporating fabric of earlier mill, 1690, on site with four-bay four-storey over basement return to east having three-bay three-storey wing to north. In use, 1949. Now in alternative commercial use. Hipped slate roofs (gablet to wing to north)…


Island House/Island Flour Mill (Crafts Council of, Mill Street (off), GRENAN, Thomastown, County Kilkenny

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Flour mill complex, c.1775, including: (i) Detached seven-bay six-storey mill on an irregular plan with single-bay four-storey projecting bay with attic leading to single-bay three-storey linking bay terminating in single-bay two-storey block having elliptical-headed carriageway to left ground floor. Renovated. Now disused. Pitched slate roofs with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stack to terminating block,…


Kilrush Corn Mill (Crannagh Flour Mill), KILRUSH, County Kilkenny

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Flour mill complex, dated 1801. In use as corn mill complex, 1902, including: (i) Attached four-bay four-storey mill with attic originally detached with single-bay three-storey return to north. Reroofed, c.1950. Now disused. Pitched roof with replacement corrugated-asbestos, c.1950, concrete ridge, rendered coping, and no rainwater goods surviving on squared rubble limestone eaves. Unpainted roughcast lime…


Clomantagh Mills, CLOMANTAGH LOWER, Clomantagh, County Kilkenny

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Archival Description [Demolished June 2005]: Detached four- or seven-bay seven-storey mill, extant 1839, on a rectangular plan; four- or seven-bay seven-storey rear (south) elevation. Disused, 1900. Now in ruins. Hipped gabled roof now missing. Part creeper- or ivy-covered coursed or snecked limestone battered walls with cut-limestone flush quoins to corners. Square-headed opposing door openings (west)…


DUNINGA, County Kilkenny

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Detached fourteen-bay (two-bay deep) six-storey mill, built 1800, on a T-shaped plan originally seven-bay (single-bay deep) four-storey on a rectangular plan with two-bay (five-bay deep) six-storey central return (north). In alternative use, 1911. Disused, 1973. Now in ruins. Roof now missing retaining cast-iron octagonal or ogee hoppers and downpipes. Part creeper- or ivy-covered coursed rubble…


Mill Island Corn Mill (Mill Island Flour Mill), MILL ISLAND, County Kilkenny

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Detached seven-bay six-storey flour mill, c.1800, on an L-shaped plan with two-bay six-storey side elevations, and five-bay six-storey return to north. In use as corn mill, 1948. Now disused. Hipped slate roof on an L-shaped plan with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stacks, rooflights, and remains of cast-iron rainwater goods on rendered squared rubble limestone…


Killinny Corn Mill (Killinny Flour Mill), KILLINNY, County Kilkenny

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Detached seven-bay five-storey flour mill with attic, c.1825, on an L-shaped plan with two-bay two-storey end bay to right, and single-bay (five-bay deep) five-storey return to north. In use as corn mill, 1948. Restored, 1983. Closed, 1989. Now disused. Pitched slate roofs on an L-shaped plan (pitched to end bay) with clay ridge tiles, and…


Ballyduff Flour Mill, BALLYDUFF, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay three-storey flour mill and starch manufactory with attic, dated 1791, on an T-shaped plan with single-bay three-storey gabled projecting end bay to right. In use as flour mill, 1903. Restored, 1973. Now in use as workshop. Pitched slate roof on a T-shaped plan with clay ridge tiles, and cast-iron rainwater goods on dressed…