Linen thread-making was established in Lisburn by John Barbour from Paisley, Scotland, in 1784. Forty years later, his son, William, built a water-powered mill on the river Lagan, at a former linen bleach green. By the late nineteenth century William Barbour's mill at Hilden was considered to be the largest linen thread works in the world.
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Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
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