This 59 acres man made lake was dug during the famine as a means of creating jobs for the local people. One of the improvements to Lord Brownlow’s demesne was the making of the artificial lake and it was at the digging of this lake that the term “Lurgan Spade” came into use. According to residents of the town, the work-men who were digging the lake worked for 1 1/2d to 3d a day less than ordinary rate of wages. This fact is also borne out by Sir Charles Coote in his survey of 1803 which states "throughout the environs of Lurgan, Labour is high. In summer the pay is 16d. a day Very few labourers are employed by the year in the fields except those who are employed in Mr. Brownlow's demesne who have constant employment and receive 10 pence in winter and I3 pence in summer.