Aftermath of A Fire at Prospect Mill

Aftermath of A Fire at Prospect Mill

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Location

Ardoyne, Belfast, Flax Street

Year

1963

Date

Production 04/12/1963

Length

43sec

Audio

silent

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

The a

ftermath of

 a

 fire at 

Eltico

 Mills, 

Prospect Mill

, Fla

x

 Street Belfast. Tons of linen and flax was 

destroyed by fire and the water used to put the fire out.

 

Notes

Prospect Mill was built by Sir John Savage, Lord Mayor of Belfast. The mill manufactured thread as well as spinning flax. He was elected as a Councillor for St Anne’s Ward in 1856 and later represented St George’s Ward. During his term as Mayor, he was knighted by Earl Spencer in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens. 

Prospect Mill was one of hundreds of mills in Belfast. By 1963, the linen industry in Belfast was in decline but at its peak one hundred years before, the mills employed 75,000 people, mostly women.  

Credits

An Ulster Television Production

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