Distillery, Bushmills, Co. Antrim

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A simple description for an old image of one of the Irelands and the worlds most famous distilleries! Bushmills! The name speaks for itself!

What a nice photograph to warm the heart on this very cold Spring day.

From Wikipedia:
The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. As of December 2014, it was in the process of transitioning from ownership by Diageo plc to Jose Cuervo. All of the whiskey bottled under the Bushmills whiskey brand is produced at the Bushmills Distillery and uses water drawn from Saint Columb's Rill, which is a tributary of the River Bush. The distillery is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year.

The company that originally built the distillery was formed in 1784, although the date 1608 is printed on the label of the brand – referring to an earlier date when a royal licence was granted to a local landowner to distil whiskey in the area. After various periods of closure in its subsequent history, the distillery has been in continuous operation since it was rebuilt after a fire in 1885.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_03690

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Reconstructing Light

    • 06/Apr/2016 08:29:48

    Still basically like that except well hemmed in by other stuff.

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    • 06/Apr/2016 08:30:52

    Streetview 2011: goo.gl/maps/NTr8hJn41AE2

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    • 06/Apr/2016 10:09:34

    From wiki - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Bushmills_Distillery "... In 1885, the original Bushmills buildings were destroyed by fire but the distillery was swiftly rebuilt. ..." Is the photo before, after, or during 1885 ? There seems to be a big old stone building missing when compared with this slightly different streetview - goo.gl/maps/ziH8B4zjFX72

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    • 06/Apr/2016 15:35:46

    Here's a history of Bushmills (the town). From my understanding of the page on the Distillery, this dates from after the fire. (Though the 4 storey building may not have been immediately present.) It's also pre-1922...

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    momentous growth

    • 06/Apr/2016 19:32:11

    this is great. very nice work! Like always National!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Apr/2016 19:48:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/omrisuissa Thank you

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    • 06/Apr/2016 21:48:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That history is useful, from page 18. It implies that the 4-storey "Duty Free Warehouse xx" (written above the padlocked door - thanks megazoom) was built from basalt after the 1885 fire - I thought it looked older. And the smaller buildings look in good condition, as if they had been recently rebuilt. The longer lower building with the two pyramid peaks is not yet built - that should provide an 'earlier than' date.

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    • 06/Apr/2016 21:51:28

    Wonder if that tank on the warehouse roof was full of water or malt whisky ?

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    • 07/Apr/2016 02:58:03

    Jose Cuervo the tequilla people... ungh I hate globalization.

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    • 07/Apr/2016 03:20:40

    Here's almost the same photo, circa 2007. commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Distillerie_OldBushmills....