Titles "Sion: a garden settlement, summer. Young men/boys" this is an interesting photograph from the Mason Collection. It looks to me like a still from the 1938 movie 'Boys Town'! The title says "a garden settlement" what exactly does this mean? Where are we?
BeachcomberAustralia was quick to identify this as the village of Sion Mills, County Tyrone. According to its entry in Wikipedia, 'Sion' is an anglicisation of the area's old Irish name, and "Mill" from the fact that this was a "model village" laid out around a linen/flax mill by the local land and business owners: the Herdman family. Given the titles of other images in the same set, this could well have been a commission by the business owners...
Photographer: Thomas H. Mason
Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910. Likely after c.1909 (church)
NLI Ref: M7/6
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

Comments

BeachcomberAustralia
Somewhere near here - streetview - goo.gl/maps/wxNP6LG5GVD2
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
derangedlemur
It's Sion Mills. It has workers' cottages with box dormer windows, but not the ones I was looking for. I can identify every photo in the Mason collection that meets these criteria.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02] Shall we call it a draw?
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
derangedlemur
I think it's a clear enough win for Beachcomber. I was just clarifying his answer since he hadn't actually said where it was.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02] Noted.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
BeachcomberAustralia
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I cheated with the help of the Great God of Google! The church on the left is 1909 according to this interesting and unusual history of the place - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sion_Mills#History
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
BeachcomberAustralia
Flickr is sometimes amazing! A then'n'now version of the same photo via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/proni/], who say photo is by "H. Cooper", not "Burrows"- [https://www.flickr.com/photos/proni/26381186850/in/photostream/]
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
Niall McAuley
PRONI has their priorities straight, including the Then Dog in their Then and Now image.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
DannyM8
Dog spotted.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
Niall McAuley
A search in the archive for "Sion Mills" gives several Mason hits for the actual Mills.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
derangedlemur
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I thought I found more than that. Maybe they're not all tagged.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
Niall McAuley
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/8468254@N02] Indeed, searching for simply Sion finds a few more, including this shot of a group of children somewhat creepily titled Future workers, but it also throws up tons of hits on Mount Sion school in the Poole collection.
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks all. I'm delighted to map this to the coordinates that [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] suggests.(The workaround that I found for setting coordinates via the Flickr API is still holding - for now....)
Posted: 22.03.2019  
 
sam2cents
Judging by those horse chestnut flowers it's definitely spring.
Posted: 23.03.2019  
 
Dr. Ilia
Great capture!
Posted: 26.03.2019