Early threshing mill, Haymarket Carlow

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Where: Kildare, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1990

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This snapshot of time as much as anything else provides lots to interest, the wonderful machine with the traction engine behind, the gent in short shorts with white socks and court shoes and the clothing of the people around!

I am surprised we did not get a model number and make for that big threshing machine. There is still time - keep up the search.

Breaking news, beachcomberaustralia Reports, I Tried to find out about this threshing machine, and it might be made by Savages of Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, who went on to make fairground equipment. Difficult to tell as every machine was probably different.

I am not convinced.

More Breaking news from OwenMacC he tells us that the traction engine is a Burrell from the early 1900's

Thanks to beachcomberaustralia
for the location.

Photographer: Michael S. Walker

Collection: Michael S. Walker Collection

Date: Circa 1990 - 1999

NLI Ref: WALK91

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    John Spooner

    • 19/Feb/2015 09:28:47

    A threshing machine in action (Dad's Army) youtu.be/a71PxWHm1HA?t=16m38s

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2015 09:42:48

    Reading from the detail and looking up Streetview the town hall in the background appears to be gone now which makes it a bit harder to locate!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Feb/2015 10:11:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Thank you for that John, my sides are sore from laughing!

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    John Spooner

    • 19/Feb/2015 10:25:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland A quick perusal of the references to 'threshing machine' in Freeman's Journal suggests that Cpl Jones might have been lucky to survive the incident at 21:20. There are plenty of tales of gruesome fatalities from falling into the machinery of getting one's clothes caught. The lucky ones got away with an amputation. I realise that incidents which did not result in injury are not news, and only bad news tends to be reported, but with all those belts and wheels I think I would stand well clear of such a beast.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2015 11:03:25

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] The Town Hall is still there, and looking pretty as a picture - GoogleMapsStreetView - goo.gl/maps/RBJac

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2015 11:10:57

    "Carlow Town Hall is situated on the north side of the Haymarket, and was the trading centre for Carlow. A number of other markets were located around the town, including the Potato Market and Butter Market. The Town Hall was designed by the church architect William Hague in 1884." From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlow

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Feb/2015 12:17:09

    The town hall dates from 1927, according to the DIA:

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Feb/2015 12:19:02

    On the other hand: 8. Town Hall. On the north side of the Haymarket is the Town Hall designed by the Church architect William Hague in 1884 and opened in March 1886 by Carlow Town Commissioners. For over 120 years The Town Hall continues to be the centre of local government administration in Carlow.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Feb/2015 12:22:31

    Flipping from the GeoHive 1907 OSI map to the modern streetmap, the town hall building looks the same to me...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Feb/2015 12:23:30

    The other DIA entry, with 1886 and Hague.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Feb/2015 12:27:21

    Carlow's list of protected structures says: A mid - Victorian public building complex with modern extensions. 1884 - 1886

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    sharon.corbet

    • 19/Feb/2015 12:41:02

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] This agrees with the 1884-86 date. Apparently the winning tender for the construction was £2327.

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    noeleen Byrne

    • 19/Feb/2015 13:31:30

    shoes and socks so Irish , the shorts so not right :-+

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2015 21:32:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The original 1886 Town Hall did not have the extension to the right - perhaps this extension in the same or similar style is the 1927 building in the DIA listings? See www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/town_hall_1886.jpg (from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s 'This' link above).

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2015 22:44:31

    Tried to find out about this threshing machine, and it might be made by Savages of Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, who went on to make fairground equipment. Difficult to tell as every machine was probably different. homepage.ntlworld.com/gee-bee/savage/images/threshl.gif homepage.ntlworld.com/gee-bee/savage/cohist.htm Who would have thought that there is an interesting history to threshing machines? According to wikipedia they contributed to the Swing Riots (1830) by out-of-work agricultural labourers, Tolpuddle Martyrs, the rise of Trade Unionism, etc. A large number of the protesters were transported to Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threshing_machine

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Feb/2015 22:50:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I'm trying to remember what it was called back in the 1990s - "fashion statement", "wardrobe malfunction", "mutton dressed as lamb" ... etc! I think he is the real subject of the photo.

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    O Mac

    • 20/Feb/2015 02:34:22

    Traction engine is a Burrell as seen here. www.sevmc.ie/images/thumbs/big/023.jpg Registered County Louth IK 36 sometime after 1903

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 24/Feb/2015 01:49:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Riverdance? Shoes are a dead giveaway. Michael Flatley's put on a few pounds, that's a gut.

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    noeleen Byrne

    • 24/Feb/2015 06:40:11

    He stands like an Irish Dancer alright , the trashing machine is great too

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    Scally3

    • 02/Mar/2015 22:37:26

    Wonderful Historical Sight!

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    tonyheaney

    • 01/Apr/2018 01:00:03

    Belt-driven threshing machine. The belt is turned by a steam engine sitting behind it. This particular threshing machine was built in 1881.