OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --1383
Photographed here in 1910 the Old Bleach factory had already been going 36
years which was owned by Charles James Web a Quaker whose family came from
Dublin. Originally a cotton mill the linen produced here became famous through
out the world and that was some achievement back then for their linen ended
up on the Cunard liners and even graced the tables of Royal Palaces. On right
of the photograph up on the hill I have been told was the manager's house.
A far cry from the women walking down the lane to her cottage on the left
and being thankful that the wind was blowing the chimney smoke and soot away
from her washing out on the line in the back yard next the river Maine.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --1384
Always ready to keep the wheels of the Old Bleach factory turning smoothly
are the Maintenance men and as you can see they are all set to go in 1905.
From the left we have T. Campbell with an oil can, W. Sloan with what looks
like a chisel over his shoulder, J. Gourley has a file in his hand, W. Reid
with a spanner of some description, his dad C. Reid has a shuttle, J. McCullough
has a shifting spanner and finally kneeling is E. Straitt with a small hammer.
If the description of the tools are not correct , please let me know.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --1231
This is inside the Old Beach Mill but what the department is I do not know.
The two gentlemen look to be managers and it must have been taken during a
lunch hour or after work for the machinery is at a standstill.
The photo was taken in June 1937 for the posters show the coronation of King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --2272
Many local Randalstown folk will reconize this famous outline for many a morning
they would have trudged towards it for it was their place of work.
That is the Old Bleach Mill and a lot of people I have spoke to remember the
OFF TO WORK --2353
Here we are outside Randalstown around 6.30 in the morning in 1953.
Sitting on the bridge wall in foreground is a man relaxing while the people
walking past him cannot. For these people are making their way to the local
factory to start a day's work. Going over the brow of the bridge is a heavy
laden cart heading to the town to deliver its goods and I'm sure the horse
will be glad also.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --2519
Here we are in the Exhibition and Sales room of the Old Bleach Mill in Randalstown
in the 60's.
The visitors with the Company Director Charles Webb had come all the way from
the other side of the world. They are The All Blacks Kiwi Rugby team.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --2515
This is a big day for the Old Bleach Mill at Randalstown for today they were
having an official Royal visit by Princess Alexander.
Here the Princess is examining the hand painted linen at a process stage in
the steam section with Ivor Reynolds who is explaining the colour fixation
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --2516
Explaining each stage of the hand painting of the Linen to Princess Alexander
is Ivor Reynolds, Company Chief Chemist and Manager of the Bleaching, Dyeing
and Finishing in the studio. To the left looking on is G Byres the Company
Secretary and on the right J Moore the General Manager.
OLD BLEACH LINEN FACTORY Co. Ltd. --2517
During the Royal visit to the Old Bleach Mill in Randalstown Princess Alexander
is shown an exhibition on the first floor. Here the Princess is having explained
to her all the different stages of the linen production in the Colouring and
Bleaching departments by Ivor Reynolds.
On her right is the General Manager Joe Moore and in the background is G Byres
the Company Secretary.
BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd. --2823
Here at the Old Bleach in 1961 are having their photograph taken to celebrate
something which at the moment I do not know.
At the back we have Mr Lyttle, Jim Richardson, Morris McBurney, Wilbert Selfridge,
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Trevor Bell.
On the far left is Bob Logan, Unknown, Eta McKeown, Mrs Greg, Unknown, Unknown,
Martha Dobbin, Mrs Crawford, the Boss Willie McFarland, Unknown, Unknown,
Unknown, Trevor Clarke and the rest are Unknown unless you know differently.
BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd.--
On the right in the packaging department of the Old Bleach Linen Co. Ltd.
Is Joy Clarke.
Joy is being shown how to package the linen table cloths and linen napkins
by her supervisor Molly McMullan.
ON THE MARCH --1171
Here you can see the parade marching down Main Street in Randalstown.
Look at the style of the dresses on the two young girls in the road and then
the ladies over to your right puts the year to around 1910.
The building behind the three ladies is the Ulster Bank, then McKeown's, the
Post Office and then Laverty's thatched Pub.
Standing in front of the Bridal car in 1963 on the left is the Best Man who
is unknown then the Bridesmaid Mona Letters and finally the Groom Micky Joe
Wait a minute where is his bride Dorothy O'Boyle nee Letters? hopefully she
is waiting patiently in the car to go on Honeymoon.
Out for a walk on a summer's evening and stooped for a photograph we have
at the back Jean and Phylis McCaughey.
Then we have Aunt Maggie Margaret and Sheen McCaughey. At the front are Pamela,
Aubrey and Moreen McCaughey.
OFF TO CHURCH --2031
All set for church on Sunday morning is Sharon Butterfield with her bible.
Also going with her is her Granny and Aunt Moreen.
OLD BLEACH HOCKEY CLUB --1090
This was taken at Bangor in August 1958 when the guys form Old Bleach Hockey
Club Randalstown were playing in a six-a-side tournament.
At the back we have Victor Fulton, Jackson Speedie and Brian Bonar and kneeling
are Guy Cullen, Hall Fleming and Dessie Bonar.
OLD BLEACH HOCKEY CLUB --1089
It is April 1956 and this great bunch of lads are from the Old Bleach Hockey
Standing at the back fom left are Jackson Speedie, Desmond Millar, Norman
Brown Billy Ludlow and Guy Cullen.
In front we have Davy Warwick, Sammy Hannan, Nat Drennan, Hall Fleming Tommy
Lynch and Dessie Bonar.
Behind the lads to the right is part of the Old Bleach factory and the house
up on the hill was owned by Alex McIlroy who was a manager in the factory.
OLD BLEACH HOCKEY CLUB--
This is right mixed bunch in more ways than one in 1947 of the lads and lassies
of the Old Bleach Hockey Club.
The lads are Bertie Ewart, Hall Fleming, Bill Hooper, Sammy Cullen, Sammy
Ewart and Unknown.
The lassies are Margaret Robinson, Mrs Wilson, Hilda Graham, Margaret Neill
OLD BLEACH HOCKEY CLUB --1101
It is the 1st October 1956 and getting their photograph taken before
playing Ballymena in the Intermediate League at Randalstown is the Old Bleach
At the back we have Alfie Speedie, Tommy Lynch Sammy Hannan, Willie Ludlow,
Jackson Speedie, Nat Drennan, Ivan Hamilton and Willie Cullen.
Seated in front are Hall Fleming, Davy Warwick, Norman Brown, Dessie Bonar
and Guy Cullen.
OLD BLEACH LADIES HOCKEY CLUB --1098
Getting their photograph taken at the side of the pitch in 1943 these
ladies belong to Old Bleach Ladies Hockey Club. Although judging by their
attire they are not going to play a game. Standing we have Heather Webb, Elizabeth
McNeice, Lily Bates, Florrie Walker, Maureen McNally and Willie Cullen.
Kneeling are Nan Nicholl, Katie Glancy, May Mawhinney and M.A.Bonar. On the
ground we have Lila McKitterick, Janet Webb and Netta Conway.
OLD BLEACH LADIES HOCKEY CLUB --1093
Here we are outside Neillsbrook Hall in October 1955 where the Old Bleach
Ladies Hockey Team are getting their photograph taken.
Standing we have H.Davidson, E.Mulholland, M.McNally. Miss Heather Webb, M.McCaughey,
E.Quigley and June Speedie.
Seated: M.A.Bonar, K.Mawhinney, D.Graham, J.McCaughey and Patsy Gaynor.
Miss Heather Webb was the Founder member of the club and her family owned
the Old Bleach Factory in Randalstown.
OLD BLEACH TENNIS CLUB--
Here we have in 1971 the Old Bleach Tennis Club at Randalstown.
Standing at the back from left are Wlaker Rainey Trevor Herbison, Eric Spiers,
John Stewart, Dessie Bonar and Alan Mc Crum.
Ladies seated are Rosemary Stewart, Mary Hurrell , Jane Bell, Helen Jackson,
Karen Mitchell and June Speedie.
ORANGE DEMONSTRATION --2655
It's the 12th July and here in the grounds of Shane's Castle they are having
an Orange demonstration.
The photographer A.G. Massey had come all the way from Armagh to capture the
event. Here and there throughout the photograph you will see people blurred
or like ghosts just faint outlines, this was because back then everyone had
to stand perfectly still for about 5 minutes.
In the background people are having picnics and all manner of people were
there, you can see the working class men, there are men there with straw boaters,
Top hats and quite a lot wearing bow ties, see if can spot the policeman.
The ladies are all dressed in their crinoline dresses. The year that it was
taken, 1876 that is a 135 years ago!
OLD BLEACH HOCKEY CLUB--
This is Old Bleach Hockey Club in 1963 getting their photograph taken in the
nets, usually that's where they like the ball to be on the opposing side.
Going by the expressions on their faces it can't be too warm, so shivering
in the back are Charlie Stewart, Michael Webb, George McMullan, Albert Anderson
& Jackson Speedie. Front with brave smiles are Tommy Lynch, Tom Ewart,
Brian Bonar, Brian Gordon, Dessie Bonar & Victor Fulton.
OLD BLEACH TENNIS CLUB--
This is the Old Bleach Tennis club at the moment the year is unknown.
The only person known is seated 2nd from the right Rebbeca Hume.
THE OLD BLEACH LINEN Co.Ltd.--
The year is 1939 and this is the Winding Room Department.
B.Row: Unknown, Lily Davis, Ina Rainey, unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Clotworthy,
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Unknown.
M.Row: All unknown except for last on the right Mary Ewart.
F.Row: The only two known are 2nd from the left, Mary Murray and the Boss
in the middle Hiram Rainey.
OLD BLEACH TENNIS CLUB --2392
These are some of the members of the Old Bleach Tennis Club having their photograph
taken. The year is unknown and so are a lot of the people but are the few
that have been identified for me. 3rd from the left at the back is Robert
Millar, 5th is Herbie Cameron and 9th is Jackson Speedy. In the front row
are 4th from the left Lily, 6th is a McComb and finally 7th is Wendy McComb.
THE OLD BLEACH LINEN Co.Ltd. --1809
This is the Old Bleach Linen mill in Randalstown and as you can see they have
a royal visitor. It is Princess Alexandra and she is examining the hand painted
linen that the unknown girl is explaining how she does it. The man behind
the Princess is unknown but the other man is the manager Alex McIlroy.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co. Ltd.--
Taken at the Old Bleach factory in Randalstown on the 2nd December 1946.
The event was the resetting of the Target Indicator by the then Northern Ireland
Prime Minster Basil Brooke who is the gentleman to the right. Amongst the
ladies here are a couple of Wood sisters but the rest are unknown at the moment.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co.Ltd. --1362
Taken in the late 1930's outside the Old Bleach Linen Mill we have a group
of young ladies. They're from the Making Up Department and from the left we
have Margaret McIlvenna, Lily King, Aggie Boyd, Elsie McIlvenna, Rebecca Hanna
OLD BLEACH HOCKEY CLUB --1095
These are the lads of Old Bleach Hockey Club in Randalstown and they are getting
their photograph taken outside Neillsbrook Hall in 1948.
In the back are Harry Ewart, Nat Drennan, Jim Kilpatrick, Hector McConaghie,
Paddy McLaughlin, Willie Wallace and George Wilson.
Seated in front we have Billy McMullan, Ivor Wilson, Bobby McKittrick, Robert
Boyd, Dessie Bonar, Georgie Boyd and Davis Fleming.
OLD BLEACH LINEN Co.Ltd. --1763
Well it's June
1953 and the Old Bleach factory were they make carpets is getting ready to
celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
... . ..At the back
on the left we have Tweedie McFarland, David Logan, Melvin Hill, Jim Wilson,
Jimmy Hamill, Bertie Scott, Drew Fleming, Billy
Mawhinney, John McKay, Harry Foster, Harry French, Jim Cunningham, Norman
Porter, Willie Houston Harry Robb, Hughie Hamill, .
.Johnny Mullan, Jim McCord, John Fitzpatrick
and Alex McIlroy (jun) the factory manager. Next
row Johnny givens, Gladys McBurney, Kathleen Black, Ronnie Mercer,
Helen Magill, Wilson Archer, Teresa Smith, Jim Dickey, Sandra Holmes, Jim
Archer, Charlotte Hyndman, Alex Martin, May Foster, Harry McFall, Charlotte
Patterson, Tommy Lowery, Bob Logan, May O'Kane, Noel Woods, Tillie Hamilton,
Mavis Neill, Mrs. Hamilton, Samuel J. Logan, and George McBurney.
Front row has Joan Parker, Mrs. Scott,
Mrs. Percy, Kathleen Davis, Minnie Logan, Jean Foster, Jean McBurney, Matty
McNally, Lily Gillespie, Margaret McIlroy and Roberta Roberts.
Kneeling on the floor are Alfie Kirkwood,
Bobby Weir, Cyril Scott, Uel Foster, Neville Bell, Harry Robb (jun), and Joe
TEACHER TRAINING --2839
All smiles after passing their Teacher training course are these employees
from the Old Bleach Linen Mill.
Seated in the front is Willie McFarland M.D. at the back is Graham McDowell
and 3rd from the right is Joy Clarke.