This is Abernety's Studios at 29 High Street Belfast where William Taggart
and his twin sister Elizabeth (Lily) Kelly from Parkhall had come to have
photograph taken to send to Winnie Clarke, they are Winnie's Aunt and Uncle.
TORPEDO FIRING RANGE 3126
This is the torpedo firing range with a tender along side in Lough Neagh
close to Antrim town during WWII back in 1941. It is now a bird sanctuary
for Gulls and Terns and you can see it today but the buildings are all gone.
The torpedoes were made in a factory just up the Randalstown Road where
the Massereene Barracks used to be. The torpedos were brought here to the
firing range to be tested on running distances between 1,000 and 3,000 yards.
When the torpedo had gone the distance it was designed for the motor would
cut out and with a buoyancy tank fitted to the front the torpedo would then
float to the surface so they could check the distance and then tender boats
would go and retrive the torpedo.
Now it was an English man who came over with his wife and young son to take
charge of building the factory, the firing range and the Admiralty houses.
The son who was 12 at the time, his dad took him to the firing range and
allowed him to fire off a torpedo on the quiet, what excitement it must
TENDER BOAT 3127
It's 1941, we are in the grip of WWII and these men are doing their bit in
the fight against Nazism.
This Tender boat is one of two here on Lough Neagh and their job was to collect
the torpedoes after they had been tested in the lough.
My Thanks to Kelly Cook for the
Sitting on a table having their photograph taken are father and son in July
1916. The son on the left is called James A. Thompson and his father is called
S. Wellington Thompson. I do not know what they own or do but they seem to
be very prosperous at it.
The photograph which was made into a postcard was taken at J. Thompson. Photo
Artist, Groverenor House, Wellington Place, Belfast, ( Immediately opposite
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd. 588
This was taken in the winding room in 1939 as the weavers room was too small,
and the workers are celebrating getting a bonus for the work they had managed
to get through - hence the title 'No. 1 Share'. In the back row you can see
Margaret Peel, Tilly Luke, Elizabeth Fletcher, Alec Fleming, Tilly Fletcher,
Sarah Wallace and Rachel Cameron. Standing in the middle are (from left),
Tommy Field (Manager), Maggie Fletcher, Annie Fleming, Ellen Hume, Agnes Annesley,
May Clarke, Kathy Graham and Mary Hamill. Finally, seated at the front are
Rachel Mawhinney, Letita Fleming, Margaret Rankin, Mrs. Richie, Jimmy Cameron,
Tilly Hannan, Beanie Ritchie and Kathleen Millar.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd.
This is Coronation Day June 1953 and reading from the left in the back row
are Sally George, Bobby Smith and Margaret Fee.
Front row are Pauline Clark, Maureen Kelly, Tilly Hannan, Mary Johston, Ruth
Hamill, Tommy Fields (Manager) and Jeannie Jamison. Bobby Smith by the way
went on to marry Ruth Hamill.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd.
These are the factory's choir girls pictured in the Castle Grounds in 1933
celebrating winning a cup at the Choir Festival.
In the back row are Nina Wallace, Neta Wallace, Agnes Hannan, Mary Rodgers,
Mary McCavley,Liz Fleming and rest are unknown.
In the middle row are Peg McBurney, Miss D. Clarke, Tilly Hannan, Jeannie
Baird and Lily Knox, rest are unknown.
In the front are Liz Wallace, Liz Beggs, Anna Wallace, rest are unknown.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd.
The people in this photograph in 1939 are weavers except for one who was the
It was taken in the winding room as the weavers room was too small, they are
celebrating getting a bonus for the work they had achieved thus the title
Back Row: Barbra Brown, Elizabeth Hannon, Meta Wallace, Unknown, Nora Hannon,
Tommy Hannon and Unknown.
Front Row: Elizabeth Law, Sarah McCraight, Edie Hannon, Billy Adams, Martha
Knox nee Cain, Mrs. Killen, Rosie Delaney, Unknown and Tommy Fields the Manager.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING COMPANY 1947
This is the Winding department of The Antrim Weaving Company getting their
photograph taken in 1939 for making their targets. At the back we have Bella
Hannan, Annie Craig, M Adams, Lizzie Barr, A O'Neill, S Cochran and Peg McBurney.
The next row has Joe Scott (Clerk of Works), Marty Kane, Ena Fleming, K Bates,
Marjorie Law, J Curry, Rowan Fleming, Agnes Hannan, Tilly Hannan and Tommy
Fields (Manager) Seated are Alice Scott, M Coyles, B Kennedy, Bob Reid (Winding
Manager), Unknown, Mrs Coyles, Annie Wallace and Emily Barr. Kneeling we have
M Kane, J Hannan, L Fee and Unknown.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co. 425
Photographed for Coronation Day in 1953 are from the left,
John Cooper, Bobby McCormick, Agnes Annesley, Julia Hannan, Dorothy McKewon,
Hettie Strutt, Peggy Roberts, Josephine Woods, Elsie Lynn and John Mawhinney.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co. 595
This happy looking bunch were pictured in the Winding Room of the Antrim Weaving
Company on June 2, 1953 - they were of course celebrating Queen Elizabeth
II Coronation. In the front row you can see Tommy Fields (manager), Lily Fleming,
Mary Thompson, Jean Wallace, Maureen Kelly, Unknown and Unknown. Included
in the second row are Charlotte Richie, Jean Baird, Rachael Cameron, Anna
McVeigh, Sydney Quinn, the rest are unknown. In the crowd behind we have Tilly
Blair, Margaret Fee, Ruth Hamill, Grace Clark, Pauline Clark and Bobby Smith
who married Ruth Hamill.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co. 596
Staff from the Antrim Weaving Company marking the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II in style on June 2, 1953. Here we have the 'Queen' surrounded by her subjects,
kneeling down in front of her is Unknown, Ruth Hamill and unknown. The next
row are Unknown, Unknown, Sadie Hamill (Ruth's- mother), the Queen unknown,
Unknown and Unknown. And at the back we have Margaret Fee - Loughlin, Mr.
Nicholl, Tilly Blair, Kate McAudrey - McKeever, and the rest are unknown.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co. 1042
At first I thought that the women were kneeling before the managers for a
pay rise, but it's not, they are celebrating the Queen's Coronation in 1953.
In the back are Lily Robb, LizzieLaughlin, Margaret McVeigh, Margaret Rainey,
Mary Stewart, Unis Kelly, Annie McGill, Mrs Craig, Mrs T.Hannan and Agnes
Hannan. Kneeling in front Jean Ashe, Eileen Rankin, Emily Barr, Martha Wallace,
Martha Kane, Mrs Allen, Annetta McCoy, Mary McGill,
Jimmy Roberts and Mr. Fields.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co. 1123
Taken outside The Antrim Weaving Co. in the 60's left to right we
have Robbie Tennant, Maurice Ritchie, Walter Kyles, Alex McKee,Artie Walsh
and Jim Buckley.This information was given to me by
DOREEN FOUBISTER (HAMILL)
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co. 1041
Here we have the workers of The Antrim Weaving Company in June 1953 celebrating
the Queen's Coronation.
Standing at the front row are Unknown, Eileen Rankin, Julia Hannan, Unknown,
Martha Wallace, Emily Barr, - -
- ------ - - - Agnes Hannan, Martie Kane, Unknown, Unknown, Marcary
Law and George McMaster. - - - - - - - - - - -
Behind them are Mary Stewart, Jean Baker, Unknown, Charlotte Craig, Unknown
and Eve Kelly.
At the back we have Sally George, Unknown and Annie Craig.
THORNHILL LODGE 467
This is Thornhill Lodge outside the Protestant Hall, in Railway Street on
the 12th July 1947.
The litte girl along with the members names are unknown.