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The New Commercial Directory for 1840: William Lennox

The New Commercial Directory of Armagh, Newry, Londonderry, Drogheda, Dundalk, Monaghan, Omagh, Strabane, Dungannon, Lisburn, Lurgan, Portadown, and Neighbouring Towns; Containing a History of those Towns and the Villages in their Neighbourhoods; Together with Arrival and Dispatch of Coaches, Cars, and Steamers; Post-Office Arrangements, &c.

(Compiled by William Lennox. Printed at The Standard Office, 27, Pump Street, Derry, 1840.)

 

PREFACE
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In presenting the present compilation to the public, neither labour nor expense has been spared, the materials being collected by personal observation. In pursuit of this laborious undertaking, I have to acknowledge the frankness with which information was generally afforded, and the kindness with which a number of highly respectable and influential gentlemen subscribed for the work.
The reader will observe that there is a digression from the usual way of compiling directories. In the historical sketches the line of road is taken notice of, together with the principal towns in their neighbourhood, and gentlemen’s seats attached; also a list of the county magistrates, with their post towns, together with every other useful information, and disseminate an accurate knowledge of the state of society, and the trading, natural, commercial, and improving resources of each place.

WILLIAM LENNOX.
Londonderry,
January 1, 1840.

 

HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF LURGAN – 1840

A Market and Post Town, in the County of Armagh, and Province of Ulster, 67.5 miles (N.) from Dublin, situated on the coach road from Armagh to Belfast, 13 miles from the former, and 17 from the latter. The history of the town is of an interesting character; and in this sketch we can only glance at its origin, and early history. William Brownlow, Esq., ancestor of Lord Lurgan, was the original founder, at that time consisting of from forty to fifty houses. During the civil war of 1641, the town was burned, and again rebuilt after the restoration. Afterward it was destroyed by the army of James, and its proprietor declared an outlaw. It was again restored in the year 1690, at which time a patent was granted, to hold a market and fairs, and shortly after this period, important branches of the linen manufacture were established here, viz : – Damasks, diapers, and cambrics, which have continued to flourish till the present time. The trade of this town is rapidly increasing. The damasks and cambrics manufactured here, are sold in the market every Friday, which is the market-day; the other markets are also well attended. The linen cambric handkerchiefs manufactured here, have long been distinguished for their fineness of texture. This Establishment, the property of James Malcolm, Esq., has been countenanced with orders from the principal Nobility and Gentry of the United Kingdom, and gives employment to 150 or 200 people.

The trade of Lurgan is facilitated by the intercourse afforded with Belfast by Lough Neagh and the Lagan Navigation; and the Railway now in progress, when carried into effect, will be another stimulus to industry and enterprize. Here are four branch banks, one large distillery, two breweries, and two extensive tobacco manufactories. The public buildings are, a court-house, newsroom, bridewell and linenhall. Places of worship, – a parish church, one Presbyterian meeting-house in connexion with the Synod of Ulster, a meeting-house for the Society of Friends, one Roman Catholic, and two Methodist chapels. Fairs are held August 5 and 6, and November 22 and 23. 

Adjoining the town is Brownlow-house, seat of the Right Hon. Lord Lurgan. The mansion is an elegant structure, in the Elizabethan or old English style. The principal entrance is by a spacious gateway, with the family arms sculptured on the top. The demesne is well improved; and approaching the mansion, the visitor is reminded that the situation is happily chosen for displaying its magnificence. The windows and hall door are chaste and elegant. The mansion is richly adorned by a tower, surmounted on the top. The second view, you ascend on the right by a stair, where is an agreeable promenade. Here two beautiful sheets of water, present themselves. They are intercepted by another promenade; the one lake rises ten feet above the level of the other. Proceeding forward, we have a third view; – from here the mansion appears to be erected upon a terrace, the planning of which shows great ingenuity. To the left you ascend by another stair, from the top of which you command an interesting view of varied walks, a tastefully embellished demesne, and beautiful combination of natural scenery. These walks are open for the recreation of the inhabitants.

 

1840 STREET DIRECTORY FOR LURGAN
GENTRY AND CLERGY
LurganLord (The Right Hon.)Gentry - Brownlow House
ArmstrongRev. JohnClergy - Watson's Row
CuppageThomas, Esq.Gentry - Silverwood
CunninghamRev. Mr (C.C.)Clergy - Back Lane
DouglassCharles, Esq.Gentry - Grace Hall
DobbinRev. H.Clergy - Main Street
FallonRev. MrClergy - Glebe House
HancockJohn, Esq.Gentry - Seneschal Lane
KiddRev. G.Clergy - Lurgan
NelsonRev. JohnClergy - Watson's Row
O'BrienRev. William (P.P.)Clergy - Back Lane
OultonRev. W. P.Clergy - Main Street
OgdonRev.Clergy - Lurgan
WaringH. (The Very Rev.)Clergy - Waringstown
EXCISE OFFICE - MAIN STREET
KingsmillMr LukeSupervisor ( Excise Office)
CliffordJohnOfficer (Excise Office)
FarrardBenjaminOfficer (Excise Office)
WilsonWilliam OgilvieOfficer (Excise Office)
OgleJamesPermit Writer (Excise Office)
POOR LAW GUARDIANS
LurganLord (The Right Hon.)Chairman (Poor Law Guardian)
HancockJohn, Esq.Vice Chairman (Poor Law Guardian)
BlackerColonelDeputy (Poor Law Guardian)
MalcolmJames, Esq.Poor Law Guardian for Lurgan
WilsonJoseph, Esq.Poor Law Guardian for Lurgan
PentlandThomasClerk (Poor Law Guardian)
COMMISSIONERS - LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE TOWN
LurganLord (The Right Hon.)Chairman (Local Government of the Town)
BoydMr JamesCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
CuppageMr JohnCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
DouglassDoctorCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
GreerSamuel, Esq.Commissioner (Local Government of the Town)
HancockJohn, Esq.Commissioner (Local Government of the Town)
MalcolmMr JamesCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
McKeownMr HughCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
NettletonMr GeorgeCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
TrailMr RobertCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
WatsonMr RobertCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
WattsMr SamuelCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
WellsMr MatthewCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
WilsonMr JosephCommissioner (Local Government of the Town)
MorrisMr William, B.Clerk (Local Government of the Town)
BRIDEWELL
OultonRev. W. P.Inspector and Protestant Chaplin (Bridewell)
HannayR. S. (M.D)Surgeon (Bridewell)
O'BrienRev. W. (P.P)Roman Catholic Chaplin (Bridewell)
DobbinRev. H.Presbyterian Chaplin (Bridewell)
DISPENSARY
HannayR. S. (M.D)Surgeon (Dispensary)
NOTARY PUBLIC
HallThomas, Esq.Provincial Bank (Notary Public)
COMMISSIONERS OF AFFIDAVITS
HallThomas, Esq.Provincial Bank (Commissioner of Affidavits)
MathersMr ThomasCommissioner of Affidavits
STAMP OFFICE
MorrisMr WilliamDistributor and Clerk to the Petty Sessions
PROFESSIONAL GENTLEMEN
BellR.Surgeon - Main Street
DouglassWilliamSurgeon - Main Street
HannayR. S. (M.D)Surgeon - Main Street
HenningWilliamSurgeon - Main Street
PhillipsJohnSurgeon - Main Street
SOLICITORS
HasletJohnSolicitor - Main Street
MorrisRobertSolicitor - Main Street
ACADAMIES AND SCHOOLS
BrennianWilliamClassical and English Day School - William Street
ChisholmThe MissesLadies Boarding and Day Academy - Main Street
AUCTIONEER
McNallyCharlesAuctioneer - Main Street
BAKERS
BrownWilliamBaker - Main Street
BullickThomasBaker - Main Street
KennedyJohnBaker - Main Street
ShannonJamesBaker - Main Street
BANKERS
PaulJames, Esq.Manager - Belfast Banking Company (branch - Main Street)
ShawJohnManager - Northern Banking Company (branch - Main Street)
HancockJohn, Esq.Local Director - Provincial Bank of Ireland (branch - Main Street)
HallThomas, Esq.Manager - Provincial Bank of Ireland (branch - Main Street)
AndersonMr JamesAccountant - Provincial Bank of Ireland (branch - Main Street)
ChristyJoseph, EsqManager - Ulster Banking Company (branch - Main Street)
MorrisonMr JamesAccountant - Ulster Banking Company (branch - Main Street)
ChristyJoseph, EsqTreasurer - Savings' Bank
HancockJohn, Esq.Secretary - Savings' Bank
OultonRev. W. P.Secretary - Savings' Bank
GreerMr HenryActuary - Savings' Bank
BOOKBINDERS AND STATIONERS
HumphrysJohnBookbinder or Stationer - Main Street
ReillyThomasBookbinder or Stationer - Main Street
BOOKSELLER
ReillyThomasBookseller - Main Street
BREWERS AND MALTSTERS
Boyd & Co.James, Esq.Brewer and Maltsters - Main Street
JohnstonJohn, Esq.Brewer and Maltster - Main Street
CAMBRIC HANDKERCHIEF MANUFACTURER
MalcolmJames, Esq.Cambric Handkerchief Manufacturer and Linen, Lawns, Diapers, &c. - Main Street
CABINET MAKERS
AndersonWilliamCabinet Maker - Back Lane
McKinleyGeorgeCabinet Maker - Main Street
TaaffeWilliamCabinet Maker - Main Street
COACH MAKERS
ChapmanJohnCoach Maker - Main Street
MontgomeryWilliamCoach Maker - Main Street
DISTILLERS
Greer & SonsGeorge, Esq.Distillers - Lurgan
FLAX MERCHANTS
Cuppage & Co.John, Esq.Flax Merchants - Main Street
GROCERS
ArmstrongWilliamGrocer and General Merchant - Main Street
BeattyRichardGrocer - Main Street
BullickThomasGrocer - Main Street
CrawfordThe MissesGrocer - Main Street
GilbertJohnGrocer and Yarn and Delf Warehouse - Main Street
JohnstonWilliamGrocer and Timber Merchant, &c. - Main Street
StanleyRobertGrocer - Main Street
StanleyThomasGrocer - Main Street
GRAIN MERCHANTS
Boyd & Co.JamesGrain Merchant - Main Street
BullickJohnGrain Merchant - Main Street
Greer & SonsGeorgeGrain Merchants - Main Street
JohnstonJohnGrain Merchant - Main Street
HABERDASHERS, WOOLEN & LINEN DRAPERS
ArmstrongWilliamHaberdasher, Woolen & Linen Draper - Main Street
BrownYoungsonHaberdasher, Woolen & Linen Draper - Main Street
PaulAnneHaberdasher, Woolen & Linen Draper - Main Street
TaggartMosesHaberdasher, Woolen & Linen Draper, and Tuscan and Straw Bonnet Manufacturer - Main Street
TrailRobertHaberdasher, Woolen & Linen Draper - Main Street
WellsWilliamHaberdasher, Woolen & Linen Draper - Main Street
INNS AND HOTELS
GirdwoodJohnBrownlow Arms Hotel - Main Street
CumminsJohnInn and Coach Proprietor - Main Street
IRONMONGERS AND HARDWARE MERCHANTS
ArmstrongWilliamIronmonger and Hardware Merchant - Main Street
JohnstonWilliamIronmonger and Hardware Merchant - Main Street
LINEN AND YARN MERCHANTS
ArmstrongWilliamLinen and Yarn Merchant - Main Street
Cuppage & Co.John, Esq.Linen and Yarn Merchants - Main Street
GilbertJohnLinen and Yarn Merchant - Main Street
LochartMessrsLinen and Yarn Merchants - Ballyblough
MalcolmJamesLinen and Yarn Merchant - Main Street
WatsonRobertLinen and Yarn Merchant - Ballyblough
WatsonFrancisLinen and Yarn Merchant - Main Street
WilsonJosephLinen and Yarn Merchant - Main Street
WoolseySamuelLinen and Yarn Merchant - Main Street
PAWNBROKERS
HazletonRobertPawnbroker - Main Street
TurkingtonMaryPawnbroker - Castle Lane
LETTERPRESS PRINTER
ReillyHenryLetterpress Printer - Main Street
SADDLERS AND HARNESS MAKERS
MunroWilliamSaddler and Harness Maker - Castle Lane
MooreDunlopSaddler and Harness Maker - Main Street
RuddellGeorgeSaddler and Harness Maker - Main Street
StarkeyCharlesSaddler and Harness Maker - Main Street
SOAP AND CANDLE MAKERS
BlaneyJohnCandle Maker - Main Street
CarrWilliamCandle Maker - Main Street
FrewJohnCandle Maker - Main Street
MageeJohnSoap and Candle Maker - Main Street
McCulloughWilliamCandle Maker - Main Street
SPIRIT DEALERS
BeattyRichardSpirit Dealer - Main Street
BelshawMarySpirit Dealer - Main Street
BlackJonathanSpirit Dealer - Main Street
ByrneEleanorSpirit Dealer - Main Street
CherrySamuelSpirit Dealer - Main Street
DouglasJohnSpirit Dealer - Main Street
DonnellyHughSpirit Dealer, Carman's Inn - Main Street
FallonMarySpirit Dealer - Castle Lane
GilbertsMrsSpirit Dealer - Main Street
HenryJamesSpirit Dealer - Lurgan
KennedyJohnSpirit Dealer - Main Street
McCorryJohnSpirit Dealer, Carman's Inn - Main Street
McSteaDanielSpirit Dealer - Main Street
MillsJamesSpirit Dealer - Main Street
MonroWilliamSpirit Dealer - Castle Lane
MooreDunlopSpirit Dealer - Main Street
NettletonGeorgeSpirit Dealer and Grocer - Main Street
NettletonJohnSpirit Dealer - Main Street
TwinemJamesSpirit Dealer - Main Street
TOBACCO AND SNUFF MANUFCTURERS
BoydJames, Esq.Tobacco and Snuff Manufacturer - Main Street
JohnstonWilliam, Esq.Tobacco and Snuff Manufacturer - Main Street
WATCH AND CLOCK MAKERS
BlackJonathanWatch and Clock Maker - Main Street
CochranHughWatch and Clock Maker - Main Street
WellsMatthewWatch and Clock Maker - Main Street

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