This quaint row of seven cottages were built in 1820 by the Macnaghten family specifically for those who worked or had worked on the Dundarave Estate. If you look closely you will notice something very unique about them, each window sills on the front consist of a single hexagonal column of Causeway Stone and four of the cottage still have a Causeway Stone stool outside the front door. They are now listed as part of the built heritage of Bushmills. During their time they have been the home for nail makers and mill workers, today they are private residences. The cottages hit the headlines after an incident which occurred here in April, 1928.
Living in one of the cottages was a Mrs. Eliza Joab who worked as a launderess for Miss Macnaughten of Runkerry House and Lady Macnaghten of Dundarave House. She was ironing clothes at the time using a new petrol iron. Suddenly the iron which contained about a glass full of petrol, went on fire.
She wrapped a piece of heavy cloth around the iron and this too went on fire. She than ran out into the back yard for a wet sack, just as she left the kitchen there was a large explosion which cause a lot more damage. Part of the iron went through the kitchen ceiling and out through the roof. In addition the window of the back bedroom was blown out, the kitchen ceiling lifted and slates from the back portion of the roof were removed. Fortunately Miss. Joab who was badly shaken by the experience, was unharmed but did refrain from using petrol irons for a while.
Gas and Petrol Irons were new technology at the time aimed at speeding up the process or ironing, prior to this a cast iron would be heated on the range or fire, then used until it cooled and required re-heating.
Click below to listen to life in one of the cottage when the Market Square was still taking place