Collection: Our Own Place Photographic Project >> The Rapemills, Barony of Eglish [graphic]
The Rapemills, Barony of Eglish
|Main Creator:||Gesparo, Michael, photographer|
The ruins of this old rapemills is found on the Birr-Banagher Road about half way between these towns. How long the mill was is operation is uncertain but when Coote did his agricultural survey of Offaly in 1801he refers to rape as being one of the crops being grown in the Barony of Eglish. Cooke, in his History of Birr, tells of a remarkable event which took pace at the mill in the 19th century. He says "At that time a fireball or meteorite stone ...decended upon the mill and having broken through the roof, blew out all the windows, threw down the lofts, and killed Mr Woods, the Proprietor, who happened to be there at the time." Mr Cooke also says "the neighbourhood was remarkable for the appearance there in 1830 of white magpies - birds very uncommon in Ireland". The letter-box on the wall of the old ruins bears the Queen Victoria crest.
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29 09 1993
Project sponsored by RTÉ and Fuji Photo Film (Ireland) Ltd.
Film number: 2 ; frame number: 22
Birr Historical Society
Photograph taken at 15:18, 28 09 1993
Physical description: 1 photograph ; 15 x 10cm.
Geographic Coverage: Birr, Co. Offaly, Province of Leinster, Ireland.
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