Thursday Doors – Sion Mills

If you like history, especially social history, then you would love a visit to the County Tyrone village of Sion Mills and if you can’t travel there yourself, I’ll be doing a Thursday Doors post about it at a later date. For now, let me show you just a few of the lovely old buildings that grace the roadside as it cuts through the village. They were all taken from the car as we didn’t have time to stop on this trip, so please excuse the quality.


Sion Mills was founded in 1835, as a linen village community, when a flax-spinning mill was built on the banks of the River Mourne. It employed up to 1,200 people at one point and was renowned as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of the linen industry worldwide.


This Church of Ireland, Church of the Good Shepherd, was built in the style of Italian renaissance in 1909 and based on the design of a church at Pistoia, near Florence, Italy.


The sign on this well preserved building says ‘Public Elementary School 1879’

There are over forty listed buildings in Sion Mills, so I am itching to check out as many as I can.

As we continued to drive towards our destination, I tried to capture some interesting images along the way but it was difficult to get a clear shot in a moving vehicle.


‘Let The Dance Begin’ Sculpture by  Maurice Harron

These statues of dancers and musicians are 18 feet high and can be found just off the roundabout on the Lifford Road, Strabane, County Tyrone.


My last photograph is of a nice old cottage standing in a field. I had to enlarge this image as it was quite a distance away from the road and I only had my phone camera to work with, so it’s a bit blurred.

Thanks for your visit this week. My next post will feature some night images of Derry city. In the meantime, if you would like to see a selection of Thursday Doors from around the globe, have a look at Norm’s blog and follow the links in the comments.




About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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34 Responses to Thursday Doors – Sion Mills

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Jean, these are wonderful buildings and I love the composition in the photos. The stonework in that church is amazing, and I really like the old elementary school. Bring me back here, anytime.

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  2. dennyho says:

    That sculpture is wild…imagine it to be eerie on just the right day. Love the stonework on these buildings, esp Church of Ireland.

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  3. They’re wonderful. I rarely do as well shooting from the moving car through a window, or even when stopped and the window down!

    The first building is so interesting to me. It seems to be built in two totally different styles, and that chimney shape. Is the firebox only upstairs? It’s so different! Perhaps there’s another chimney on the back side of the house for the first floor?

    I love those turrets or round bits on the church.

    I’m looking forward to Derry through your viewfinder and telling.

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  4. sydspix says:

    The images are great. The village of Sion Mills looks like it would be fun to explore and the sculpture was terrific!

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  5. Junieper2 says:

    You found so many interesting historic buildings! May favorite is the school building. Was surprised to see the design of the church in the renaissance style – I instantly recognized a church I took a shot of in Greece:). Great post, Jean:)

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  6. Amazing buildings and dancers! šŸ˜® I love them all! Would love to visit myself!

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    I think that last shot is fantastic. It captures that moist, pre-spring feeling in the country.

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    I’m intrigued by the Church of Ireland. Beautiful building with unusual architecture. Great photos.

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  9. I love this post, and I am in awe of the chimney in the first photo. That is amazing, and I like the dance sculpture as much as the doors. šŸ™‚ I like your car rides. šŸ™‚

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  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    Oh Jean, something tells me this place is going to give you quality material for many posts. I hope you’re able to get back there for a longer visit soon.
    The shot of that first church is great. Such an unusual design style with that turret-like tower in the middle. Some other wonderful old buildings too. I just love it all šŸ™‚

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  12. As I’m often doing the driving, taking photos is off the agenda. But you got some lovely ones. Of course, I love the stone, but that’s not really unusual in your part of the world. I love the school and if it ever weren’t a school, what a home it would make!! Looking forward to seeing and reading more about the area.


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  14. sjhigbee says:

    I’m a bit tardy – but am so glad to have finally caught up! What a lovely crop of pics, Jean. Thank you so much for sharing:)))

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  15. jazzytower says:

    For taken from the car you got some really good shots. Nice post.


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