CHURCH STREET 032
This photograph was taken around 1914 and shows they still had thatched cottages, the ones to the right were replaced with two storey houses which were later pulled down to make space for the A6 bypass. The trees show the entrance to the Methodist Church.
In the 1930's Church Street was full of tailor shops of whom there was William Dougall's, John Lawlor's and Wright's.
There used to be five Churches in this street so perhaps that is how it got its name.

CHURCH STREET 035
This is an interesting photograph as half of this picture is now Fountain Street. Next to the trees the two white houses where replaced with the A6 bypass. The large building next to them was Burrowes Art Galleries and then Baird's the undertakers.
The first building to left of the picture is Antrim National School.

CHURCH STREET 036
The date of this photograph is unknown, the white houses to your left are thatched and so is the first house on the right. The mother with the two little girls, the two boys looking at the car and in the distance a little girl in white are all in their bare feet.
This photograph was posed as the driver of the car is a little boy, probably taken by his father.
Date is Unknown.

CHURCH STREET 176
This area of Church Street used to be known as the Scotch Quarter because Scottish people settled in this part of the town from the 1590's where they errected quite a number of thatched cottages.
To the left of the picture was Miss Jameson's shop which sold groceries and china goods.
Photograph is date 1914.

COULTER SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH 1821
Having his school photograph taken in 1951 is Stanley Coulter.
The lovely girl behind him (and still is) with a bow in her hair is his big sister Isobel Coulter.
CO-OP 2005
This was the Co-op shop which was in Market square in Antrim until it closed in September 1971.
Here you could have a chat with friends and also the staff who you can see were very friendly. From the left are June Devlin, William Coulter (Manager), Tommy Coulter and Mrs Costello. Now just look at the prices in the shop window Angel Delight 6 1/2 pence and Jam is only 9 pence a jar. Behind them is customer looking out but in the reflection of the shop window you can see the U.C.B.S. delivery lorry plus the man taking the photograph.
CAMPBELL'S PUB 2606
Here we are in High Street Antrim outside Campbell's pub and these three gentlemen are having a quiet smoke and a bit of a craic. On the left is Jack Scott, then Henry Boyd and finally Andy Francey back in the 60's.
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CLADY BLEACH, DYE AND FINISHING MILL 1012
This view of Clady Mill in 1914 where the Linen was worked. If you look over to your left you will see white lines, these are actually strips of linen laid out in the field to let the sun bleach it and that's were you get the name the bleach green.
In the little house in the foreground, two sisters lived there and were known as the Miss Hall's.
COVA INN 1939
Out in the back yard of the Cova Inn in the 1960's is barman Charlie McStocker. Instead of bar tending he is baby tending Ulick O'Donnell.
COTTAGE 566
Where this beautiful cottage is I do not know as I can say is that it is in West Antrim.
COUNTY ANTRIM SCHOOL'S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 394
The photograph was taken in the 1970's but I have no names as of yet.
CHARLIE McSTOCKER 1938
Here is Charlie McStocker having his studio photograph taken in the 1960's.
CLADY BLEACH, DYE AND FINISHING MILL 1258
I can remember as a boy watching the men laying out the linen at Whiteabbey Bleach Green in 1950 but this Bleach Green photo was way before my time.
In fact it was 1920, the linen being laid out in the field to be bleached by the sun was next to Clady Mill at Dunadry which was alongside the River Maine.
The company which was famous all over the world had the phrase "Bleached by the Sun" as its trade mark.
CLADY BLEACH, DYE AND FINISHING MILL 1239
This is Clady Bleach, Dye and Finishing Mill which was out at Dunadry and was next to the Clady river for its source of power. This was used to drive two large breast wheels and a turbine it also has three steam engines. It was owned by Messrs. John Cowan and Company and they employed between 70 to 80 workers all year round. John Cowan was able to turn out his good dyed and finished to a very high standard with the result he supplied not only the Belfast Houses but also the Manchester houses. Being only twelve miles from Belfast by road, much of the good were carted to them direct from the warehouses and steamships. With the event of the railway they then only had to cart them a very short distance to the Dunadry Railway Station.
CLADY MILL 1011
This is Clady Linen Mill in 1914 and in the distance you can see the Clady Bridge.
The photographer was standing up on the toe path next to the railway line, he must have had some considerable influence over the mill owner for them to allow their workers to come out and line up right onto the footbridge.
CLADY FOOTBALL TEAM 980
Displaying their silverware for this photograph in 1929 are the members and players of Clady Football Team.
At the back (from left) are S.Kirkpatrick. E.Kirkpatrick, H.Bennet, T.Craig, A.Agnew, J.Kirkpatrick, J.Quirey and W.Mullan.
Standing in front of them we have S.Hunter, T.Alexander, P.O.Duffin, W.Clarke, H.Anderson, C.Preston, R.Patton, J.McCormack and G.H. Rutledge.
Seated are J.McIlveen (Chairman), J.Clements, J.McFall, R.Fletcher, W.Finlay, R.Magill, D.Clarke and W.U.Strange (secretary).
CLADY BLEACH, DYE AND FINISHING MILL 1241
This is one of the departments at the Clady Bleach, Dye and Finishing Mill. The Linen is coming in to the department in the background and by the colour of it, it has been dyed. Now what the ladies did is unknown but it can't have been too dirty judging by them all wearing white pinafores.
Right at the back on the left is a man standing and over to the right standing on the machinery next to the revolving drum is a young boy.
CLADY BLEACH, DYE AND FINISHING MILL 1240
This is one of the departments at the Clady Bleach, Dye and Finishing Mill and this is where they washed the linen in various stages to make sure they got out all the impurities before it was either left out in the fields to be further bleached by the sun or to be dyed. The man in the three piece suit is obviously in charge but at the moment his name and his workers are unknown and so is the year.
CHURCH STREET 699
Here we have Nula's Hair Fashion, Byrne's Call-A-Cab, H.Millar & Co. a printing shop and in the shop window are posters advertising a Gospel Mission, Youth Service on Sunday 2nd March, a Dance in the Protestant Hall on Friday 7th March featuring Aquarious and finally what all ladies love, a Jumble Sale in Bruce Hall on Saturday 8th March.
CHURCH STREET 851
It is according to All Saints' Parish Church clock it is five past nine in the morning and going by the shadows cast it is correct and the year is 1948.
The little girl posing is unknown and behind her talking to a man at the door is a nurse with her cape and hood up and you can see her white shoes.
Next door is Gillespie's hardware shop with a load of goods on show outside the shop and across the road we have Nicholl's two shops.
The car parked in front the make is unknown but the Registration is BPY 230, further down the road is a car with a soft top and on down is High Street.
CHURCH STREET 618
This is Church Street in the early 1960's
CHUMS 1125
This delightful photograph of chums playing together was taken in Antrim in 1966.
We have at the back William Clarke and Debra McKeown and in front her little brother Roy McKeown.
CHURCH STREET 665
Here we have the junction of Railway Street and Church Street just before the bulldozers moved in supposedly to pave the way for a new look town centre. That they achieved - by leaving a vacant plot which has stood for the better part of three decades! This part of Antrim town centre is widely known as Ulster Bar corner in honour of the popular watering hole pictured here. Stewart's butchers, Billy's Café, The Griddle Bakery and McCabe's were also tumbled in the name of progress. The year is unknown.
CHIMNEY CORNER CLUB 2469
Enjoying themselves on a night out at the Chimney Corner Club down Riverside. We have John and Betty Blair.
CONFIRMATION 2435
Standing outside St Comgalls back in 1936 are these boys and girls all set for their confirmation.
At the back are Susan Lees, Margaret Kerr, Josephine Gaynor, Unknown, Gerry Gaynor and Bobby Butcher.
In front we have Eileen Allen, Clare McCormick, Marie Duffin, Henry Kearwey, Edghan McGreevy, Hugh Long and Harry Wallace. Mrs Long who admired Henry's outfit asked his mum could she make one for her son, so that's why Hugh Long is wearing a similar outfit.
CHRISTMAS TIME 1106
Gathered around the Christmas tree in 1952 and enjoying themselves are Davis Hannan, James (Dick) Clarke, Joan Maily, David Hannan and Brian Beggs.
CHILDHOOD DAYS 994
Isn't this nice, brother and Sister with their arms around each other instead of usually around each others necks!
This is Rita Agnew with her brother Jack Agnew in 1937 sitting in the field enjoying themselves and in the background a thing you would never see in a field nowadays, a Haystack! I used to love either sliding down them or burrowing into them to make a secret hideout and then the farmer chasing us.
COUPLES ONLY 2415
Seen here out enjoying themselves on a night out dancing we have two couples.
The couple on the left are Mary Spears and Lesley Steele, the other couple are Vincent Kerr and Agnes Steele
They stayed a couple for both couples eventually married. Now ? is wearing a watch, in my day if you started to serious about a girl you then bought her a watch and then after that came the two rings!
CAMPAINERS 2414
These proud Campainers having their photograph taken are from the Elim Church in Antrim.
Sadly none of their names are known at this time or the year.
CHURCH STREET 310
A group of friends pictured to the rear of McCabe's Butchers in Antrim during the hot summer of 1944. The three young men standing (from left) are Robin McCabe, Jim McCabe and Beresford McCabe. Seated you can see Francis Harran, Edith Buick, Sadie McCabe, along with baby Evelyn McCabe. Behind them is a pigeon loft, and next to that is a small building which housed the 'turnip cutter' for preparing the vegetables for the cattle. Anna McCabe recalls that it was backbreaking work turning the handle! The lane ran on down to the back of Firhill where a small shanty town of army huts once stood to accommodate the war-time evacuees from Belfast.
CHURCH STREET 342
Taken in the back yard of McCabe's butchers in 1945 we have starting at the back Aunt Edith McCabe and Francis Harron.
Then Sadie McCabe, Unknown, Edith Buick and Anna McCabe.
In the front we have Derek McCabe and the rest are unknown.
CAROLINE MITCHELL 639
This is a lovely portrait of a local lass taken in 1916 to send to her sweetheart at the Western Front. As you can see, it was modestly signed yours truly, C.Mitchell'. Caroline who was twenty then and lived in Railway Street, had just got engaged to her boyfriend, Robert Kisset from Muckamore, who left home to join the Royal flying corps. The First World War was a perilous time to be a pilot, and many planes did not even stocka parachute in case the men decided to bale out in the face of withering enemy fire. Thankfully Robert survived the Great War and flew home safely to marry Caroline just two years later.
CHURCH STREET 299
Standing outside their shop in Church Street we have Herbie McCabe, Edith McCabe, John McCabe (Father), Nora McCabe
the lady and dog are unknown. The year is 1946.
CHURCH STREET 346
This charming picture of a group of local girls was taken at the rear of McCabe's butchers Shop in Church Street back in 1945.
The friends include (from left) Anna McCabe, Edith McAteer, Alice McAteer, Sadie McCabe, Marleen Alexander and Kathleen McAteer.
CASTLE STREET 952
The castle grounds are to your left, then the 'Frenchman's House' and the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks. To your right you can see McKeown's shop, then the tea rooms which also was a board house - then Patrick Magill's pub, also Samuel Rea's Antrim Saw Mills worked here. Sadly all the buildings in this street were later demolished, but can still see two of the places, Rea's and the Barracks. They were removed and rebuilt brick by brick
to their former glory at the 'Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra. The year is unknown.
CLADY FOOTBALL TEAM 980
Displaying their silverware for this photograph in 1929 are the members and players of Clady Football Team.
At the back (from left) are S.Kirkpatrick. E.Kirkpatrick, H.Bennet, T.Craig, A.Agnew, J.Kirkpatrick, J.Quirey and W.Mullan.
Standing in front of them we have S.Hunter, T.Alexander, P.O.Duffin, W.Clarke, H.Anderson, C.Preston, R.Patton, J.McCormack and G.H. Rutledge.
Seated are J.McIlveen (Chairman), J.Clements, J.McFall, R.Fletcher, W.Finlay, R.Magill, D.Clarke and W.U.Strange (secretary).
CHIMNEY CORNER FOOTBALL TEAM 963
This 1961 Chimney Corner football team all smiles for the camera are standing in the back row, Jimmy Duboyce, Gerry McCaig, Frank Hampsey, Brian Harris, John Connor, Albert Jackson and Danny Fisher (Trainer).
Seated in front we have Charlie Clarke, Sam Molyneaux, Sidney Quinn, Archie McQuilken, Frankie Corrigan, Tommy Craig and Jimmy Nicholl.
CHIMNEY CORNER FOOTBALL TEAM 1021
Here we have the Chimney Corner football team and committee members in 1965 celebrating winning the league cup.
Jim Stewart (Committee), Davis Hannan, Pat Mackel, Dan Fisher (Trainer), Unknown, Jack McCaige, Trevor Thompson, John Kinnen, Roy Anderson, Bobby Lees (Committee) and Tom Simpson (Secretary).
Kneeling down we have Sandy Kernohan, Frank Corrigan, Albert Jackson, Charlie Clarke, Tommy McKelvey (Chairman) and in front Fergie McKelvey.
CASTLE STREET 946
Castle Street 1938 and walking towards us all smiles is Mrs Nolan who had a sweet shop over on the bend. The reason she is smiling and I'm sure so are the other mothers in the street is at long last they're going to have a water tap in their houses. Now this still means only cold water, no hot water that still had to boiled on the stove so the workmen laying the waterpipes are a welcome sight. The little boy with his back to you is Master Taylor and just
crossing the road to his house with his bike after a day's work is Mr. Duffin the local chimney sweep, Brian Kearney also lived on the same side. The shop on the right was owned by a Miss Crawford which as you can see sold ladies hats - a must in those days, she was also an agent for Macnab of Edinburgh the Dryers and Cleaners by appointment to H.M. the King. Next to her shop was where the men probably went while the ladies tried on hats - Patrick McGill's pub!
CASTLE STREET 945
The end of a street and a way of life for the people of Antrim - a sad day indeed in 1980.
The old 'Band Room' is still standing and across from it was Rea's yards.
CAMPBELL'S PUB 1104
Outside Campbell's pub in Market Square in 1942 ,the elderly woman and man with a large moustache are Mr and Mrs Campbell owners of the pub.
At the far left is their daughter Miss Margaret Campbell, next in unknown, then Cecilia O'Neill with her sister Sadie O'Neill. The little girl in front of Sadie is the Campbell's granddaughter, her name is unknown and also the couple on the right. The photo by the way was taken by an American Soldier.
CASTLE STREET 944
This view of Castle Street was taken in 1962 from St. Comgalls Church.
Over to the right this building should bring back memories to lots of Antrim folk - for this was the local cinema.
CASTLE STREET 682
This long demolished corner of Antrim was razed to make way for the Castle Centre - and this particular picture of Castle Street is of considerable vintage. It was actually taken in 1892, and the large white building is the grandly titled Episcopalian Schoolhouse of Erasmus Smith, who was an English Merchant and adventurer. The school was built in 1815 with help from Viscount Massereene. A young Alexander Irvine studied there before finding global fame with the publication of his moving account of 19th century Antrim, 'My Lady of the Chimney Corner'. In those days classes were strictly segregated, with the boys' classroom on the ground floor and the girls upstairs. In the distance you can just make out the shape of St Comgall's Church.
When this photograph was taken Castle street, as it became to be known, did not exist.
To the locals this part of Antrim town centre was simply know as Bow Lane.
CASTLE PARK 910
Here we are along the Randalstown road at Castle Park where they put these prefabs.
Here we have the Whiteside family in 1948 outside theirs, on the left shooting at the camera is Samuel, then Albert in dad's arms we have George named after his dad. Mum Jean is next and in front of her is daughter Jean with her doll. The boy in the background is unknown.
CHURCH STREET 1447
Here in the back yard of her parents shop in Church Street we have Alice Nicholl with younger brother Irvine back in 1950.

CORONATION DAY 174
This is the day King George V was crowned 22nd June 1911 and Antrim like many other towns celebrated in style, they had eight decorative arches which spanned the streets.
The photograph was taken in the Market square and shows you Massereene Brass and Reed Band playing to the crowds surrounding them. To give you an idea of where they where, behind them is now Peacocks, top left hand corner you can see the railings of the Ulster Bank and to the top right of the picture you now have the First Trust bank.

CORONATION DAY 166
Here we are in High Street celebrating Coronation Day, Tuesday 2nd June 1953.and slightly out of focus.
On board are the driver, Willie Barris then Norma McCabe, Anna Baird and Ena Flemming and they are just turning into Bridge Street. Look at the studs on the road showing you when to turn.

CORONATION DAY 275
This photograph dates from Tuesday 2nd June 1953, Coronation Day.
On board we have the driver, Harry Gaynor then Norma McCabe, Anna McCabe and Ena Flemming.
This was taken in a field at Firfields on the Loughshore Road.

CHURCH STREET 033
This photograph was taken in the 1950's from the tower of All Saints Parish Church.
In the bottom left hand corner is Nicholl's shops, as you continue up the road you will come to a gap this is the entrance to the Methodist Church. The next three houses were eventually pulled down to make way for the new road. On the right hand side of the road you can see a row of Cherry trees which were donated by Dupre Malkin Barton, also there is the old red telephone box.

CORONATION DAY 165
This photograph dates from Tuesday 2nd June 1953, Coronation Day.
On board we have the driver, Harry Gaynor then Norma McCabe, Anna McCabe and Ena Flemming.
Walking beside the horse is Willie Barris and they are on the Lough Road heading towards the town.

CHURCH STREET 061
In the background you can see McCabe's shop and down from it is Billy's Cafe where the chips were to die for!
The people in the foreground are from left to right: Mervyn McKittrick, Alvina Carson, Joey McFadden, Billy Adams, Anna McCabe and Professsor Lindsay.Date is Unknown.

CORONATION DAY 274
This photograph dates from Tuesday 2nd June 1953, Coronation Day.
Here we have Norma McCabe, Anna McCabe and Ena Flemming who was playing the Queen.
This was taken in a field at Firfields on the Loughshore Road.

CASTLE STREET 1770
Standing in the back yard of their home in Castle Street is Eleanor Wilson nee McCabe looking lovingly at a McCabe baby, the baby's name is unknown.
Behind Eleanor is an old Ford Popular and to the right a Morris minor van.
ANTRIM CUBS 2681
These proud faces looking at the camera and so they should for these lads have made this ladder with only rope and a saw, well done!
Well I wouldn't expect anything less for they are cubs from Antrim. Starting at the top we have Adrain Goodrich, Alan Lynn, Stephen Williamson,Dougie Luke, Kenny Hamilton and John Wells.
ANTRIM CUBS 2679
Here we are in Carrickfergus Grammer School grounds for the County Camp event.
At the back are George ?, Don Wright and Sam McComb.
In the middle row are Stephen Williamson, Alan Lynn, Kenny Hamilton, John Wells, Robin Kirkpatrick, Stepen McComb and Unknown.
On the ground are Unknown, Robert Hamilton, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Dougie Luke and Unknown.
ANTRIM CUBS 2680
Out sightseeing from their camp at Ballycastle these cubs with their leader have come to the Giants Causeway for the day.
They are Brian Barnes, Robin Kirpatrick, Stephen McComb, Richard Russell, Trevor Barnet, Dougie Luke, Kenny Hamilton and Alan Lynn.
CASTLE STREET 684
Here you can see The Antrim Arms and next to it is the bookies.
In the foreground to your right you can just make out part of a Volkswagen Beetle car.
The year is unknown.
CASTLE STREET 683
Part of Castle Street in the mid 1960's.
CASTLE STREET 662
Here's a view of Antrim which disappeared in a cloud of rubble over two decades ago. Older readers will recognise it, of course, as Castle Street looking down towards the Barbican Gate. The year was 1970 and the street still boasted a number of bars, a bookie's, a butcher's shop and much more - but in little more than 15 years it was gone in the name of progress to make way for the shopping centre to which it lent its name. When this photograph was taken they had already started to demolish the street behind the photographer.
CASTLE STREET 663
This is Castle Street from the Barbican Gate end in 1965. To the right is McCabe's shop.

CASTLE STREET 0945
The photograph was taken from St. Comgalls Chapel and shows the end of a street and a way of life for the people of Antrim - a sad day indeed in 1980.
The old 'Band Room' is still standing and across from it was Rea's Sawmill yards.