Milford house

Visit Georgian-themed Milford House and learn about its history – Armagh I


Milford House was the creation of Robert Garmany McCrum, a self-taught industrialist, benefactor and inventor who revolutionized the linen industry.

His father, William McCrum (Senior), known locally as ‘The Old Farmer’, was the first man in Ulster to dry-spin flax. In 1850 Robert took over one of his father’s flax mills and turned it into Robert McCrum and Co., a spinning mill. This later became McCrum, Watson and Mercer which was one of the largest linen companies in Ireland. He was a man born before his time. His interest in science and technology never waned and he built Milford House which was full of his inventions and gadgets. He was the first in Ireland to adopt and install electricity in his private residence and in the Milford factory.

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Discover the extraordinary history of Milford House. The most technologically advanced house in 19th century Ireland – the first in Ireland to be lit by hydroelectricity, its role as a private school for girls and the work of the Trust today to save the house. Milford House is the former seat of the McCrum family. Today it is one of the ten most significant listed buildings in Northern Ireland, considered most at risk.

The Milford House collections are located at 3 Victoria Street, a fine townhouse where William McCrum spent his last days after losing his family fortune in the Wall Street crash.

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