History and Heritage of Avoniel / Flora Street

Avoniel Distillery – A distillery was situated in this area although little information exists about it. Avoniel was a Grain Distillery which produced around 850,000 gallons of whiskey per year. In 1908 it was part of the United Distilleries Co (UDC) Ltd, which also included two of the Derry Distilleries and Connswater Distillery. UDC was taken over in the early 20th Century by DCL of Scotland which then shut down the plants.

Owen O’ Cork Mill – Now an auction house, office space, and workshop for local artists, Owen O’Cork Mill was part of the linen tradition of east Belfast. It was built as a corn mill by the De Beers, a Hugenot family who came to Belfast from Europe. In the mid- 1800s it became an important linen mill, as the opening of the Lagan Canal allowed raw materials like flax to be brought by barge down to Belfast and up the Connswater River to the mill.