This is the front of Antrim Castle and as you can see this
was taken before the front steps were put in. To the left you can see a bicycle,
it does not have pedals you used to just sit on it and push it along with
your feet! From the top castle window above the coach two people are watching
the publicity photos being taken. The coach belonged to James Baird.
photograph was used by the BBC in the Countryfile series on the 3rd June 2012.
This is Antrim Castle in 1895 and you can see part of the
splendour at the front of the castle.
Standing: we have Florence Viscountess Massereene,
Oriel Skeffinton, Ethel Hunts, Violet Hunts.
Seated: are Algernon Willian John Skeffinton,
Constance hunts, Nora Hunts and their mother Mrs Hunts.
Taken in 1915 the photograph shows Lord Windburn on the
steps of Antrim Castle along with four ladies all dressed in white.
In the foreground is a line of soldiers, what was happening at time is unknown.
This is the inside of one of the greenhouses at Antrim
Castle and in the background are Tommy Hannan and Willie Baird.
The date is unknown.
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This is some of the staff at the back of the Castle.
Seated 3rd from the left is Mrs. Reannie Johnston, 2nd from the left in the
back row is the Butler. Partly hidden in the background is Willie Baird.
Date is Unknown.
ANTRIM AERIAL VIEW 624
This spectacular shot was taken in the skies over Antrim
in the summer of 1943. Of special interest are some of the details of the
town below. If you look closely you can see that Antrim Castle was still
standing more than two decades after it was devastated by fire, The walled
gardens to the rear of the Castle, however, had by this stage fallen into
neglect and were overgrown, also so were the green houses. Castle Street,
the Court House and High Street are also clearly visible. Also notice the
straight road which headed out towards the Lough, more than 10 years before
the Firfields estate was built.
The aircraft is an Avro 652A
Anson Mark 1. They were navigation, Bombing, Gunnery and radio trainer aircraft,
and they were returning from a war-time training run over the Lough. The
planes were also used by Coastal Command squadrons to perform inshore maritime
ANTRIM CASTLE 633
Taken from the Deerpark Bridge this shows the beauty of the castle and the
The pathway to your left lead of to the sunken garden area. Looking at the
Chimneys I wonder how many fireplaces there where?
The year is unknown.
ANTRIM CASTLE 531
This photograph was taken on the steps of Antrim Castle in 1914.
B.Row: Captain Neills Richardson, Captain Oswald
Webb, Viscount Massereene W.H. Webb DL J.P. and Major Clarke.
F.Row: Captain Charles Curtis Craig, Colonel
A. Pakenham, Unknown, General Sir William Adair and General Sir George Richardson.
ANTRIM AERIAL VIEW 622
To the left is Antrim Castle 4 years after the fire with its entrance via
the Barbican gate house.
Then down the grand driveway to come to a stop at the front of the Castle.To
the left of the Castle is the Motte and the walled gardens and the two oblong
white sections are the greenhouses. Behind the walled gardens we have the
Castle wall itself with Castle street and the Court house in Market square.
Over to your right is Massereene Bridge.
The year was 1926.
ANTRIM AERIAL VIEW 623
This dramatic aerial view of Antrim town taken 1926, in the foreground to
your left you can see Clotworthy stables, in the years before it swapped the
horses for art courses! Next is Massereene bridge and then Antrim Castle the
devastating fire that had swept through the castle four years previously,
but the impressive old building still stood proud beside the neatly trimmed
Motte. Immediately behind that you can just make out the long greenhouses
where Viscount Massereene and his gardeners produced their award-winning crops.
The house is the head gardener's with a large gate next to it that opened
onto Castle Street and to the right is Market Square and the Court House.
The picture must have been taken on a Thursday for coming down High Street
is a herd of cattle while to the right of the cattle is the Massereene Bridge
over the Sixmilewater river. On up is All Saints' Presbyterian Church with
its steeple towering over the town. To the left of the Church is Railway Street
(was Pat's lane) where you can see the smoke stack of Antrim Gas works. Further
up Railway Street to the right is Antrim's Workhouse, the second row of buildings
was were the people stayed. When the pandemic struck Antrim there were so
many people with the disease that they put up fever tents in the field next
to them, the dead were laid to rest in the field beside the tents records
show that 1,100 people were laid to rest in this field.
This is now where Tesco Supermarket and their car park are.
ANTRIM HOCKEY CLUB 1825
This is Antrim Hockey Seconds Team and no wonder they are smiling for they
have won the Irish Junior Cup & McCabe Cup for the 1974 - 1975 season.
Back Row: (from the left) is Paddy Marks, W.Addison,
C.Carson, M.Campbell, J.Gleghorne, J. Fleming, J.McMeekin and W.Jarden.
Front Row: are J.McKee, Doug Mailey, R.Mailey,
Derek Mailey, S.Mailey, J.Orr and E.Cochrane.
ANTRIM ARMS HOTEL 625
The hotel was owned by Fawcett's and was in High Street, standing is a man
and a policeman.
To the right we have A.E.Barr who sold newspapers, confectionary and fancy
goods. As you can see we still have horses.
The year was 1905.
This view of Antrim was taken on the Dublin road which is to your left and
was before they did the bypass.
In the centre of the picture is the towering spire of All Saints' Parish Church,
to the far right is the row of houses in Riverside. In front of them you can
see their reflection in the Sixmilewater River.
The year is unknown.
ANGELS ? 988
I wonder what mischief these three have been up to? or as their mammy's would
say 'They're Angels' at least back in 1937 Jack and Rita Agnew along with
Billy McKee but were they?
ANTRIM BADMINTON CLUB
Here are the cheery members of Antrim Badminton Club smiling for the camera
back in 1952.
Back Row: has Toni Johnston, Herbie Smyth, Tom
Gordon, Joan Godfrey and Bertha Roberts.
Middle Row: are Joan McDonald, Joan Blackbourne,
Maureen Blellock and Joan Anketell.
Front Row: we have Will Brown, Mrs. Petch, Jim
Tweed, Mrs. Hanna, Alan Abercrombie, Eileen - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Young and Keith Petch.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -On
the floor: Eileen Leitch and Mary Jenkins with their racquets crossed.
ANTRIM AGRICULTURE SHOW 499
This is Antrim Agriculture Show and this is one of the contestants from Belgium
The boy to the right behind the man judging is David Boyd. The year is 1951.
ANTRIM HOCKEY CLUB 1827
Here at the opening of their new clubhouse and grounds in Allen Park in September
1979 we have some of the younger members.
From the left Paddy Marks, C.Rainey, C.Lowry, B.Lavery, A.Smyth, B. Jarden,
P.Houston and M.McLaughlin.
ALL SAINTS' PARISH CHURCH CHOIR 785
Here we have the All Saints' Parish Church Choir pictured in the grounds of
the Manse in 1955. Back Row: you can see Maggie
Hannan, Hetty Lennon Dorothy Clark (Organist), Rev. Cannon Hawkins, Betty
Holmes, Elner Bates, Jean Kelly, Martha Wallace, Charlotte Rankin and Mrs
Hill - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - -- -(Bank
Manager's wife). - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - -- -
- - - - - Front Row: we have Eveline Kissick,
Nellie Hannan, Madeline Fleming, Tommy McClure, Joan McElrea, Nora Wilson,
Peg McBurney and Agnes Hannan. The choir had actually gathered to give Tommy
McClure and Joan McElrea a present for their forth-coming marriage.
ANTRIM HOCKEY 3RD'S TEAM 2350
Even though slightly out of focus these guys eager to start the game are the
men of Antrim Hockey 3rd's team back in 1961.
At the back from the left we have Bobby McCormick, Tommy Rainey, Bobby Huston,
Drew Francey, John McCormick and Gerry Allen.
In front are Willie Creighton, Roy Jackson, Alvin Carson, Sammy Kyle and Alan
ALL SAINTS' PARISH CHURCH 557
In this photograph of All Saints' Parish Church to your left you can see some
of the buildings in Church Street. On the right you can just see part of Orr
School, now Antrim Library. Then High Street Presbyterian Church, next to
it a house which was knocked down in the 1950's to widen the road into Riverside.
The building was made into two shops, one was a barbers the other a wool shop.
The year is unknown.
ANTRIM GALS 2789
These Antrim Gals always had a smile for everyone back in the late 50's.
From the left we have Madeline Neeson, Evelyn Haggerty and Joy Devlin.
ANTRIM AND DISTRICT HOS 1787
Seen here with wife Freda and members of his family we have William McClenghan.
They were attending the Annual Dinner of Antrim and District HOS at Hall's
Hotel in 1976 with the following prize winning cups, McCabe Cup, Montgomery
Cup and the Lavery Cup.
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM 2426
This is one of the earliest photographs of Antrim Hockey Team proudly showing
off their winning run. Sadly at this moment I do not have any names or the
year it was taken.
ADAIR PORTRAIT 893
This teenager is Miss Adair with her pointed shoes although taken in the late
1930's she could easily pass for the sixities style.
ANTRIM HOCKEY CLUB 1826
This is Antrim Hockey team looking pleased and no wonder for this was the
opening of their new clubhouse and grounds at Allen Park in September 1979.
At the back (from the left) we have Paddy Marks, T.Carson, J.Campbell, A.Calcutt,
J.Gleghorne, B.McCabe and G.Houston.
In front are J.Witherspoon, S.Mailey, G.McCaig, J.Orr and J.Creighton.
AGNEW WEDDING DAY 1006
This Wedding Portrait taken on the 5th October 1932.
The groom is Alex Agnew and the beautiful bride is Sadie McCalmont. Sadie's
wedding dress was lace with a lace headdress.
AGNEW CHILDREN 995
Seated out the back at Dundary during the summer in 1938 and all smiles we
have Ann, Rita, Jack and Maudie Agnew.
You wouldn't believe it but Ann and Maudie are twins!
Out enjoying themselves in1954 are Jack Agnew with his sister Rita Agnew at
an Orange Hall in Comber.
ADAIR FAMILY 898
This group of smartly dressed girls posing for the camera are the Adair Family.
Standing in the middle we have Minie Adair on her left is Nan Adair - her
boots must have took some polishing and no laces all buttons! on the right
is Betty Adair and seated is Ruby Adair.
A.B.D. MEMORIAL PIPE BAND 464
The band members and the year are unknown.
This photograph was taken on the steps of the ruins of Antrim Castle, through
the window to your left you see one of the fireplaces.
A.B.D. MEMORIAL PIPE BAND 463
Leading the band from Kells down Castle Street is Drum Major Robert Nicholls.
First line: Ernie Smith, John Cochrane, Tommy McCosh and John Connor. Second
Line: Matt McCullough and Bobby Cameron. Third Line: John Fletcher. Fourth
Line: Frankie Owen and Dennis Young.
The year is unknown.
ANTRIM CASTLE GATE LODGE 109
This was the gate Lodge for Antrim Castle in 1935 and was situated on the
ANTRIM SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIR 932
After intense pressure Antrim Secondary School choir beat all their rivals
to win the Anderson Challange Shield. Proudly standing with tem on the right
is the conductor Miss H. Livingstone.
Only two girls are known to me at the moment and they are Charlotte Harkness
and June Ireland on the right of the shield. The year is unknown.
A FATHER AND HIS SON 1030
The son standing feeding the ducks at the Lough shore and totally amazed while
dad has his arms around him protectively. The photograph was taken around
1960 by local man Desmond Davis, the father and son are unknown.
A.B.D. MEMORIAL PIPE BAND
Taken outside All Saints' Parish Church in 1948 we have 3 members of the
A.B.D. Memorial Pipe Band. ,Samuel Fletcher, William McClenaghan and Jim
ANTRIM CASTLE 629
This photo of the Castle was taken in 1919 and shows the grand entrance to
ANTRIM CASTLE 626
In this postcard photograph you can see how sadly the gardens and the banks
have been neglected.
It is Postmarked: Antrim,
19th September 1944. To: Miss F. Horwood, 27 Maryville
Avenue, Lisburn Road, Belfast. Reads; Having a good time here today hope yours
are well. I'll write tomorrow, Love Vera.
ANTRIM CASTLE 627
Here is the castle in 1908 with the front steps and the two lights either
ANTRIM CASTLE 630
This postcard photograph of the castle shows a sign to the left saying Trespassers
will be prosecuted.
The back of the postcard is Postmarked: Antrim, 16th
October 1917. To: Mr. E. McMurray, Redlands,
Reads: Photos arrived here Jane will take them down on Sunday all being well,
excuse writing. M.Woods.
Taken in Fountain Street in 1919, the back row has Jim Wilson,
Andy McKay and James Baird the other two men are unknown.
The front row from the left is John McCabe, Charles Burrowes, William D. McKeown
and F.T. Smith.
Taken in a field which later became part of Massereene Golf Club
opposite the Sports Playing area on the Lough Shore Road in 1919.
In the crowd you have James Baird, W. McKeown, The Jamison's, The Holmes's,
In the front row you have the Unitarian Minister, Father McCauley, Methodist
Minister, Dean Carson then two Presbyterian Ministers. The next man is unknown
then Charles Burrowes.
ANTRIM SECONDARY SCHOOL
This is the school choir giving a carol service on the school
The guest of honour then was Mr. G.B.Newe,M.A.
ANTRIM PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ronnie Millar, Unknown, John Kennedy, Jim Neeson, John Russell, Sadie -
--- -Stevenson, Jean Russell, Nellie Spence, Ann Knox, John Blair and
George McLaughlin.- - Middle
Row: Unknown, William Wilkison, Irene Thompson, Mary Trimble, Edith
Blair, Marie Hemming, Unknown, Marie Craig, Margaret French, Jacquline Trimble,
Georgina Tosh and Clifford Wilson.
Adair Wilkison, Albert Whiteside, Jim Knox, Clifford Allen, Jim Alexander,
Doris McIlveen, Jacquline Gibson, Margaret Wilson, Patrica Donaldson, Harry
Cochrane, Sammy Whiteside, Rodrick Swann and Millar Donaldson.
Remember the old elastic Snake belts?
two of the boys in the front row are wearing them.
The photograph was taken in the Castle Grounds in 1956.