Patterson's Spade Mill

Blacksmiths working at lit forges at Patterson's Spade Mill

Important notice -

Patterson's Spade Mill is closed to the public at present. If you are interested in classes or commissioning custom artwork you can contact the team by Telephone: +44 (0)28 9443 3619 or Email:

The last working water-driven spade mill in daily use in the British Isles

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Patterson's Spade Mill


Blacksmith James guiding visitor through forging

Blacksmithing Classes at Patterson's Spade Mill 

Discover the art of blacksmithing with classes at Patterson's Spade Mill.

Patterson's Spade Mill

Our work

Feel the heat at Patterson's Spademill

Meet our blacksmith at Patterson's Spademill 

James started as volunteer at Patterson’s Spade Mill. His interest in the art of the spade maker, and blacksmithing was fuelled by giving tours. James worked at the mill as a spade maker with fiery passion for many years. With the support of the National Trust, he became an apprentice blacksmith. James has a deep rooted appreciation of the old art. His passion has burst into flame.

Patterson's Spade Mill

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Working hard on the mountain

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We couldn't exist without our dedicated team of volunteers, they help us out with all sorts. Take a look at some of our projects and how you can get involved.