Landmarks of the Industrial Landscape

Birr developed into a thriving town by the beginning of the 19th century. The industries traditionally associated with Birr are distilling, milling and the woollen industry. The situation of Parsonstown on the River Camcor provided the water source needed for these industries.

Some of the imposing buildings erected at this time survive to this day although most are now in a dilapidated condition. The warehouse building seen here on the left was used as a grain store at Mill Lane.

Distilling at Castle Street

Built c.1800, on the banks of the Camcor river by the Robinson family, this distillery was producing 70,252 gallons per year of whiskey by 1832. This was one of three distilleries in the town, the others located at Elmgrove and Moorpark. Robinson's distillery in Castle Street closed as a distillery in 1848. Afterwards the buildings were used by the Wallace Williams company for barley malting.


Distilling at Elmgrove

This was the smaller of the two distilleries situated on the outskirts of the town. It suffered from competition from America and was closed down by 1890.

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