Caledon Beam Engine – Engine House

August 27, 2013

There are only about eight beam engines in Ireland, and this one is the only one which has a housed engine, making it a very important piece of industrial archaeology.

The Beam Engine is the only relic remaining of Caledon’s once famous mill industry, which produced quality woolen garments until the 1930s. The mill, which was built in the early 1800s, was demolished in 1985. During the summer, wood and coal was used to power the beam engine, when the water-flow was not strong enough to move the wheel.

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