It was sold in 2013, destined for demolition including the beautiful Wool Tower building.
Instead of demolition, it was decided to build a new attractive village street for artisan fledgling businesses, in keeping with the old mill buildings.
Our plans were unanamously approved by the council planning committee and the press were equally supportive.
We called the new street “Mill Lane” and when we were finished, it was made an attractive entrance to the mill complete with a village square and pump.
Work on building the new street began in 2014 and was complete by 2015.
The latest building to be repaired was the 200 year old Wool Tower.
It's roof was caving in and another year of dereliction would have meant the building was beyond saving.
Back from the brink, the Wool Tower, with its amazing brick arch ceilings, massive pine beams and amazing original polished mill stone floors is the perfect location for breathtaking weddings.
Now Raceview Mill is a beautiful place to visit and wander around.
Perfect for wedding guests while the photos are being taken.
“Raceview Mill is a shining example of preserving industrial heritage”
Mark H Durkan, NI Minister of the Environment.
In 1806 John Harrison established a bleach green on the Raceview Road in Broughshane.
This was converted to a flax spinning mill in 1832.
In 1893 under the ownership of J.K Wilson it became Raceview Woollen Mill.
We hope the work we have done will inspire others in Northern Ireland to consider the possibility of preserving our old buildings before demolishing them.
Thanks for reading our story.
“Why is it, our first thought is always to demolish?
A few decades later we wonder why we have lost all our buildings that have character.
At Raceview Mill we treasure our old buildings.
We repair them and allow small businesses to use them to create jobs and increase tourism”