Spade and Scutch Mill

Spade and Scutch Mill

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Details

Location

Cultra, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Year

1966

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

03min 00sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

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Description

Two essential tools of agriculture come together in these rushes by UTV. Watch the whirling scutching blades that release the flax fibres from their woody core. This is a dusty dangerous job that produces the raw material for the illustrious Irish linen. Meanwhile fire which threatens the scutch mill is put to good use in Patterson’s spade mill. The blacksmith channels the powerful force of the watermill and the forge to hammer out the country’s leading rival to the plough.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Notes

As rural ways of life were engulfed by an ever more industrialised North the Ulster Folk Museum was born from a 1958 act of parliament. It continues to create a lively world of artefacts to preserve disappearing traditions for future generations. Visitors can experience the buildings, tools and crafts of the past from the weaver’s loom to the blacksmiths forge. The spade and scutch mills in this film originally operated in County Tyrone before moving to Cultra. The museum also boasts some unusual relics including the ‘World’s Largest Sausage’ over 5 metres long, created by Seamus McTavish.

Credits

Filmed by Ulster Television, this material is Courtesy of the UTV Archive.

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