The following is from Alfred Barnard's 'The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom' originally published in 1887.
Avoniel Distillery, Belfast.
This Distillery is about half a mile from that described in the previous Chapter. The proprietor stands conspicuous as being unwilling to allow an inspection of his works - for what reason we are unable to explain. The works are large, and we learned from his son that the Distillery was built in the year 1882 by the present proprietor, that it is a Patent Grain Distillery, and that the annual output is 850,000 gallons.
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What's the difference between a Closed & Lost distillery?
A lost distillery refers to a building or site which has been demolished, a closed distillery could potentially re-open. We've identified some distilleries such as Brora and Port Ellen as closed rather than lost as there are plans to revive these distilleries, others such as Cambus (now a Diagio cooperage) which could theoretically be revived but would have little relationship to the original site and so are marked as lost.