Mourne Heritage Trust

Restoration of Annalong Cornmill

Funded by

Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund)
NI Rural Development Programme (via the SOAR Local Action Group)
NIEA (Historic Buildings Branch)

The Cornmill is owned and operated by Newry & Mourne District Council.


October 2014

Project Description

Annalong Cornmill features in one of the most iconic images of the Mournes, situated alongside the picturesque harbour with the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, dominated by Slieve Binnian. The Cornmill, which dates back to the early 1800s, has recently undergone a sensitive restoration programme which, through the use of traditional materials and skills, has brought this grade B listed building back to its former glory.

To further enhance the visitor experience, a new interpretation programme has helped to bring the story of the Cornmill to life, describing the processes that the oats went through to produce vital oatmeal for the farmers in the local area. The multi-media programme comprises of a series of static panels as well as a touch screen facility, complemented by a new audio handset, allowing visitors to take the tour of the mill independently.

In addition to the Cornmill story, the centre also has an area dedicated to telling the story of Mourne granite, giving visitors an insight into this industry which has put Mourne on the map at a national and international level, providing building stone and skills to cities including Belfast, Manchester, London and New York. Many remnants of this industry still exist in the local area and an app has been developed to interpret these for visitors. “The Mourne Granite Story” is a free app that is available for download from both Apple and Android platforms. A further story is told, explaining the role that Annalong harbour played in relation to both the Cornmill and the granite industry.
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