This is Harrville School in Larne Street, the Headmaster was Mr. Moore. Pupils remember the good and of course the bad days. There was a Mr. Edmondton who had large hands and you felt them round the backs of your legs. Also a Mr. Goodlet Leitch who was handy with the cane! There was a Miss Simpson who used to read chapters out of a book called "Coral Island" some pupils got their love of reading from her. There was Miss Morrow, Miss Bell, Miss McDowell she became Mrs Simpson, Miss Millar she loved her Camp Coffee, Miss logan, Mrs Wilson first year teacher and finally a Mr. Kennedy who was P.E. teacher nickname was 'Bean Bags.' I wonder who J.D. is who bravely scrapped their name on the pillar.
I am left Handed and when I started school aged 5 in 1947 my left hand was strapped to my side as there was no such thing as a left handed person.
These four rows of school children at a Harryville All Girls School in the early 1920's somewhere in Ballymena in their best of clothes to have the annual school photograph taken. The reason there are no smiles was they had to consecrate on keeping still because exposures could take 30 seconds. Now I know you'll all be saying if it's an All Girls School why is there a boy in the front row? Well back then it was hard enough to get the money for a pair of shoes or boots as it was to have to buy two photographs when you could buy one, It happened all the time and remember that the majority of these girls and boy when they went home their footwear was taken off to save wear and tear and they went around barefoot. In the back row 7th from the left is Mary Mullan but known as Mamie she was the youngest of 11 and somewhere in the photo is a Annabell Logan.
This is George Henry pretending to play cricket in Kinhilt Street in the 1950's.
This is some of the workers at Hillmount Linen Factory in 1939 wich was owned by Frazerton & Haughton which was originally set up in Cullybackey to make nursing uniforms in 1914. There was also a Factory Shop at Hillmount.
Back Row: Left to Right. A. Laverty, S. Smyth, W. McIllhatten, J. Kilpatrick, A. Ross, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -R. J.-Anderson, A Johnson, J. Kennedy, A. Rock, Q. McKee, Unknown and N. McQuillan.
Middle Row: S. Wilson, W. McQuillan, N. Anderson, W. McClean, J. Anderson, P. Murdoch,- -- - - - -J. Selfridge,N. Kennedy, Unknown, E. Kirkpatrick and T. McFadden.
Front row: S. Anderson, J. Kennedy, A. McClean, L. Hamilton, J. Mc Fadden, S. Kirkparrick, - - - - - M. Anderson, Flo Watt and S. Murdoch.
Here we are just heading out of Ballymena town past the cottage then the moat which was the most played place by children but he is'nt bothered our cyclist with dropped down handlebars for he's off fishing for today.
Here we are looking down on Harryville bridge in Ballymena in 1910. What a lot of people don't know is that the bridge still has the visible holes in it which were bored during the WW2 to blow bridge in the event of a German invasion.
On the left of the photo towering high at the top of the street is the old Town Hall. Over to the right is the chimney of the Braidwater Mill, in front is a row of white houses that is Bridge street and some of the wives have got their washing out hoping it will dry in the sun. One young lady called Lizzie Carmicheal back then from Waring Street. always spoke her mind, one of her most famous sayings was ( if she didn't like you ) "If you're ever over Harryville bridge do drop in" .
We are in Harryville at the railway goods area in Ballymena at a Signal Box. Standing proudly in front of it the young Unknown man, is showing off his bike which most likely cost him a few weeks wages with its dropped down handlebars and white walled tyres.
Herehis is Queen Street in Ballymena in the 1980's and you're looking at Harryville Bar which was owned by the Connon's, if you look closely it is numbered 42 and 44. That is because the left door is a butchers, note the bull below the window while the right door was for the pub. This tradition goes way back where a pub would be joined with a grocers or even a Undertakers! On the left hand side of the butcher's is a small alley with Wallaces on the right. The alley known locally as the 'Tight Gut' was a culde sac with houses but also linked to Queen Street and King Street. A young boy back then called Norman Steele remembers his mother when they lived in Princes Street sending to Connon's butchers on a Saturday to get a pound of Sausages.
This is Ballymena's Harryville Bridge around 1920. First on the left on the bridge is a haullier standing on his cart watching what is going on, then a couple of men watching and finally another haullier sitting on his cart with a young boy standing next to him watching the camerman. Now can anyone tell me the large building behind them with the signs on it?
They may all be men but they are still in their hearts boys.
This horse with its driver are pulling an empty goods wagon out of the way so he can bring in the full coal wagons, this called shunting. They will going into John Holden's shed who
was a coal Merchant to be emptied so the coal can go out from the yard at 97 Railway Terrace to their customers.
This is Harryville Football Club having their photograph taken in 1907 with staff and the winning team of the 1906-1907 McClure Cup, well done lads.
Back Row: J. boyle, A. Kirkpatrick, W. O'Loan and W. Leetch.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Third Row: A. Wallace, W. O'Hara and A. Gettis.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Second Row: J. Beggs, S. McAllister and R.Heggarty. - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - -
Front Row: J. Barr, M. Killough, T. Patterson, N. Smyth, W. Craig, S. McNabney, T. Woodcock, T. Killough and H. Fisher.
Back Row: George Kernohan, James Winnington, Sammy Armstrong, Willy (Lar) Kernohan, Harry - - - -- -- - - Rainey and Bobby (Gunga Din) Kernohan.
Front Row: Ken (Joe)Kernohan, Teddy Steele, Jack Taylor, Bert Kernohan and Sammy Stewart.