Milford House Museum

 

Milford House

A GRADE B1 LISTED BUILDING IN DANGER

Milford House was once the talk of 19th century Ireland the wonder of its age and Milford linen was known throughout the world. Today  the factory is gone, Milford House derelict and is one of the top twelve listed buildings at risk in Northern Ireland, but this doesnt mean it has been forgotten about. Now thanks to the dedicated work of the  Milford Buildings Preservation Trust...

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"Mass kidnappings, inventions that revolutionized the worlds of business and sport, letters to and from Stalin, if theres a building in Ireland with a more fascinating history than Milford House, just outside Armagh I'd be surprised"
Gordon Adair, BBC Newsline
 

Milford Cutting Wildlife Reserve

Milford Cutting Wildlife Reserve

Visitors to Milford should also visit the Milford Cutting Nature Reserve which is one of the village's hidden gems. This was the Milford railway line which Robert Gramny Mc Crum paid £3,000 to extend to Milford and was opened in 1909 as part of the Armagh City to Castleblaney Great Northern Railwayline. The line closed in 1957. The platform is 349 feet long which makes it the longest platform of any on the G.N.R line. The bridge over the Callan River can also be seen.  The nature reserve was established in 1978 by the Department of the Environment. Since 1982 it has been managed under the Ulster Wildlife Reserve with continued Support from Armagh Wildlife Society.

Milford Cuttings is a must for railway enthusiasts and wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to a number of important wildlife and plantlife:

Orchids

 In July the banks are covered with orchids which include the rare marsh helieborine which is protected by law due to its rarity

Irish Whitebeam

The Irish Whitebeam is quite a specialist tree, as it is only found on the  island of Ireland in mountainous habitat. Milford Cutting has one of the largest populations of Irish Whitebeam in Ireland.

Butterflies

There are 18 different species of butterflies in Milford Cutting which include the small tortoiseshell, orange tip, green veined white, red admiral, painted lady, speckled wood and the impressive silver washed fritilary.

Wildlife Corridor

The reserve is  a great wildlife corridor, largely unaffected by surrounding intensive agriculture and is a safe haven for mammals and birds to live in and move through. Bird species include sparrowhawks, buzzards, willow warblers, chaffinches, grey herons and great, blue, coal and long tailed tits.

Getting there: The Milford Cutting can be accessed of the Ballyards Road on the left side at end of Old Mill Court, walk up the pathway past the Milford cricket. Entrance is through two kissing gates.

No. 3 Victoria Street Armagh - Milford House Collection

 

About no. 3 Victoria Street

Milford House Museum is a hidden gem  of a historic house. Full magnificent  beautiful furnishing and family possessions. Located at 3 Victoria Street a B1 listed townhouse in Armagh city where William McCrum spent his last days in a boarding house  in poverty. Discover the extraordinary world of Milford House and the people who lived there. .

 

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