HIGH STREET 3655
Here we are in Hight Street Antrim in July 1990 on a sad day for this is when
Palmer's shop closed. It had a grocery business and also sold sweets along
with cigarettes and tobbacco, but it waa also a good place to hear the latest
news. On the left was Delargy's bookies and the right hand side you had Avril's
the florists which was run by two sweet ladies whose names I do not know.
Now you young ones see if you can find where it used to be.
Do you remember that song by Bernard Cribbins 'Hole in the Ground' well here
in High Street in 1980 we had one they were putting in larger pipes to accommodate
the growing community and you can see up Railway Street.
This photograph was taken a very long time ago for the 'Lough Neagh Hotel
has not been built, it would have been the second building on the left, which
would have made five hotels in the one street. The first building on the left
wa R. Anderson a hardware shop selling all domestic household goods tea, sugar,
China ect. He was also a Provision Curer. Outside the shop three ladies are
lookig at a baby in a pram.The third building was McKewons sweet shop and
then Sloan's the butchers, futher down at the white flagpole was the 'Antrim
Arms Hotel'. Over on the right the first building with a man sitting outside
is 'Adair Temperance Arms Hotel' with a small boy beside him. Then Hall's
hotel with a lady sitting outside and finally the Massereene Arms Hotel, next
to the Hotel was The Castle an icecream parlor and also home bakery as well.
Then the Belfast Savings bank followed by John Ortons and the corner shop
at Railway street sold boots and shoes. In the distant on the left are two
horse carts making deliveries while futher up from them lies a dog in the
road, it wouldn't get doing that now. And as always the towering spire of
All Saints' Presbyterian Church can be seen from everywhere.
another picture of Antrim town centre taken around 1980, and while the buildings
remain much the same, the shop fronts tell their own story of how much things
had changed. The Antrim Tavern, Antrim Wine Market, the Trustees Savings Bank,
Lee's Chemist, Gulliver's Travel, the Ulster Bar and Billy's Café are
all but just a distance memory.
William Harkness, ploughing with his horses at his farm Seacash
which is on the Randox Road. The photograph was taken during the 1920s,
by the farms feed supplier who was an amateur photographer. William
Harkness was a champion ploughman and for many years was a competition judge.
The Harkness family still own and farm Seacash.
HOCKEY SUPPORTERS 2669
Here are a few local men on the sidelines enjoying the match.
From left to right we have Leslie Allen, Billy Allen, Jimmy Creighton, Billy
Rodgers, Jack Allen, Joey Wallace and Bobby Peacocke
WAGE PACKET 1449
This is a Mr. Hamilton's week's wage packet from Short Brothers & Harland
Ltd. What he worked at is unknown, the date is 28th August 1949.
These two lassies are enjoying a break from work and loving the sunshine.
They work in The Antrim Weaving Company down Riverside and they are Grace
Clark and Ruth Hamill in the 50's.
MY MUM 1705
Having their photograph taken in 1973 with their mum May Hannan we have her
three sons Gary, Norman and Philip.
MISS HOWS 1608
The lady with the white apron on is Miss Hows, who she was or what she did
is unknown to me at the moment. On her right all dressed up is Aggie Beatty
and the other little girl is Billie Beatty. Were they dressed for Easter or
May day as they both have bonnets. The other lady and the boy are unknown.
Behind the group are lengths of linen lying in the field to get bleached by
the sun and beyond that are some houses. The photograph could have been taken
at the Green at Muckamore.
MIKE HAWTHORN 224
Racing legend Mike Hawthorn, a Formula One driver and World Champion in 1958,
pictured that very year in Antrim. He is pictured at the rear of Hall's Hotel
with Marie Wilson, Derek McCrea and Robert Wilson. Given his pedigree on the
track, it's perhaps unsurprising that Mike was keen to see the nippy white
sports car that Robert had recently acquired!
MIKE HAWTHORN 225
Here is a casual photo of Mike Hawthorn with Marie Wilson, Derek Macrae, Robert
Wilson and at the back of Hall's Hotel in 1958
MIKE HAWTHORN 42
This Mike Hawthorn who was a Formula One driver and was World Champion in
1958 when this photograph was taken.
He is standing at the front door of Hall's Hotel with the then owner Bob Wilson.
The two young men are Derek Macrae and Robert Wilson, Bob Wilson's son who
later became the proprietor. Mike was one of the many famous personalities
from Radio, Television, Stage and the Policital arena that have stayed here.
MASSEREENE STREET 332
This is Maggie Hannan in the back gardens of Massereene Street and in the
background you can see Riverside.To the left is the back of High Street Presbyterain
Church and Orr's School.
The date is unknown.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 335
Sitting on the roller in front of Massereene Golf Club is Maggie Hannan. The
date is unknown.
HIGH STREET 3825
It's the 1980's and as it's Sunday there is nothing open,
note the traffic lights and the garage. Here are some of the shop owners:
Molly Wilson Ladies Drapery, Pat and Joe Barr Motor Car and bikes accessory
shop, Steve Sloan's butchers , Josey Sloan confectionery and cigarettes and
Pat Sloan Publican.
HIGH STREET 3826
I'ts 4.25pm about 20 years ago and we are in High Street
looking across to 'Scottie's Corner'. As well as Scottie's video library and
club we have Irwin's Estate agents,McCabes the butchers, Bank of Ireland and
the tree in All Saints' church grounds all gone.
Also in Bridge Street to your right you can just see Getty's Electrical store
also long gone.
My thanks to Drew
Francey for these names.
HOLYWELL HOSPITAL 2440
Standing on the steps at Holywell Hospital having their photograph taken by
a colleague who's shadow you can see are Joseph Gaynor and James Neeson who
were nurses in the Hospital.
HOLYWELL HOSPITAL 2439
Here standing in the gardens at Holywell Hospital back in 1921 we have Susan
Haslam who was a nurse. Susan went on to marry Tom Fleming who owned Flemming's
Butcher shop in Market Square.
LAWRENCE HUTCHINS 2700
Seen here relaxing at home on a Sunday back in 1965 is Lawrence Hutchins wearing
his Chelsea boots while reading about Biggs on the run from prison in the
News of the World.
THE HUDSON SHOWBAND 2328
Here we have locally The Hudson Showband back in 1965 posing for a publicity
photograph. This was then made into a card photo to be handed out at all the
dances they performed at to boost their popularity, not that they needed it.
As a showband they would travel far and wide to play not only their own music
but also all the top hits of that era. Remember back then showbands were what
you would call a mobile showband and they had to learn all the latest songs
to bring in the crowds. At the back on the left we have Angus Moore who played
a mighty mean trombone and Winston McKelvey on Lead guitar and vocals. In
the middle row is Jackie Wright, he played Tenor Sax, along with Joe Hamilton
on Rhythm guitar and vocals. Kneeling are Norman Craig the drummer, on bass
guitar was Jim Lockhart and with the bouffant hairstyle is Sandra Hudson vocalist.
Finally lying on the ground we have Kenny Sparks who played the trumpet.
JUST FRIENDS 2698
Having just got off his bike Dennis Leitch stood in the back garden with Della
Heath to have their photograph taken.
Proud parents Nessie and William Harkness have just returned
home in Killead after having their twins baptized on the 4th July 1965.
Now the twins names are from the left Francis and Wilma or is it Wilma and
Francis for they are identical twins.
The bonny babies as they were back then are still the same only now they are
Bonny Babes! Dear help the teachers and God help the boyfriends when they
HIGH STREET 1032
High Street, July 1958 and outside Franklin Young's old
Garage we have in the centre apprentice Raymond Lynn. Leaning against the
petrol pump, yes it is a petrol pump is Sue Thompson who worked in the garage
office and left in June 1961. To get petrol into your car you had to turn
the large handle Sue is holding on to and the gauge would then move up telling
you how much petrol you got. The man leaning against his Ford Anglia is unknown
and behind him was the dry cleaners Aristocratic where a bag of washing cost
JACK HOLYORD 890
This Jack Holyord in his service uniform who married Alice Renton of Dunadry
and Alice's family had a shop in High Street - Antrim.
HANNAN BROTHERS 2103
It's all smiles for Gary and Norman Hannan way back in February 1966.
JOSEPH HUNTER 2754
Here we are in the Niblock Road in Antrim outside Joseph Hunter's house who
is sitting on the bumper of his car. With him is Julie Ann Hunter and the
pup who's name is Unknown.
HARVEST TIME 2912
Hard at work bringing in the hay these men at the moment are all unknown.
As you can see time is marching on, no haystacks now in the background a steam
tractor while in front two new tractors.
MIKE HAWTHORN 226
This is a copy of Mike Hawthorn's Signature.
HOLYWELL HOSPITAL BADMINTON TEAM
Here we are at Holywell Hospital in Antrim and this is the Holywell Hospital
Badminton team back in 1955. At the moment only one of them is known
and that is Joan Mailey who is first on the left of the ladies. Now if you
know anymore of them please let me know and I will send you a copy.
FIELD OF DREAMS 795
Sadly you would not see this scene around Antrim now as the fields have disappeared
under so called progress.
This is Stella Harkness picking a lovely bunch of daises for her mother. The
year is unknown.
FIRST BORN 808
The Second World War brought hardship to people living across the Untied Kingdom,
and Antrim was no Exception. But the end of hostilities brought with it a
new optimism - and what could epitomise those hopes for the future better
that this charming picture of Georgia Hughes nee McElrea of Antrim and David
from England in 1945 with their first born Christopher in India.
ANTRIM SHOWGROUNDS 1701
This happy family photo was taken at the Antrim Showgrounds in 1966.
Here we have Davis Hannan with his arms round his two sons Gary on the left
and Norman on the right.
It's the sixties and standing in front of a beautiful Volkswagan are the following
On the left is Robin, his brother Alan, his sister Jeanette, her brother Ivan
and his brother Kenneth Hamilton.