Patterson’s Spade Mill

Willie Drennan pops into Patterson’s Spade Mill at Templepatrick, and chats with chief spade maker, Colin Dawson.

Colin talks about the history of the Patterson family and about how spade manufacture began at the mill in 1919.

Colin describes the many types of spades that exist and how, in the past, spades used to be tailor made. He also explains the meaning behind the saying “Digging with the wrong foot.”