ANTRIM PLAYERS 3238
This photograph was taken in Antrim but why the people are all dressed up
is unknown to me.
Was this a fancy dress do or where they part of a theatrical group, now
if you know better please let me know.
OUT FOR A PADDLE 997
Out for a paddle on the beach at Portstewart with their granny Rachel Agnew
Holding granny's hand on the left is Rita then her twin sisters Maudie and
Ann - finally over to the right is her big brother Jack.
ANTRIM POST OFFICE 3029
It's 1950 and here we are Antrim Sorting Post Office with the staff
who are having their photograph taken.
At the back from the left we have Robin Baird, Samuel Fleming, Billy McKee,
"Ching" Wallace and Billy Neill (from Randalstown)
Seated from the left are from Head Office J.B. McRoberts, Olive McMaster,
Mrs Baxter, Isa McQuillan and finally the Postmaster Eric Kyle.
My thanks to Louise Jones, Betty Campbell and Milly
Stapleton for most of the names.
ANTRIM POSTAL DRIVERS
Pictured at the Antrim depot in 1956 these postal drivers who have received
their Safe-driving certificates are Samuel Fleming, Robin Baird and Billy
On the left is Postmaster Eric Kyle and the other man who presented the certificates
from head office is J.B. McRoberts.
ANTRIM CASTLE 24
This room in Antrim Castle was called the oak room here the walls are covered
from floor to ceiling with solid Irish Oak, most of it is dark oak but here
and there you get a lighter shade of oak. To the left of the picture you can
see one of the family paintings, next on your right is the fireplace which
was the grate in one frame. Now on touching a secret spring the whole massive
frame swung out to reveal a hidden recess. To the far right you can see a
very large chair, this is in fact the " Speakers Chair " from the
Irish House of Commons. Also in this room was the original oak door from "All
Saints Parish Church" which was riddled with bullet holes from the Battle
of Antrim. Sadly all that you see was destroyed including the Castle in a
great fire which was started deliberate.
MICHELLE ALLEN 1781
Standing at the back door of her house and all set to go to school back in
1969 is Michelle Allen.
Her dog on the right is wondering why it can't go as well.
ANTRIM CASTLE WALLED GARDENS 3814
Taken at least a decade after the castle was burned this shows how quickly
nature starts to take over.
This is the start of the walled gardens, the idea was to be able to grow lots
of plants in the ground near to the walls so that not only did it give shelter
to them from harsh weathers but they also benefited from the heat coming off
the walls due to the sun. Beyond the gated entrance were more walled gardens
and you can see the greenhouses through the gate which were built up against
the wall. These too were destroyed along with the castle by Antrim Council
of that time.
ANTRIM CASTLE WALLED GARDENS 3815
This is the walled gardens from the other end and you can see the closed gate
in the distance while this one is open. Why oh why did Antrim council destroy
these walled gardens there was no reason to do so, they only needed to corden
it off then retore the walls and the land put back to planting and did the
pathways. It would have been a massive attraction for visitors and bring in
renevue badly needed for the town, you would also have had local people employed
looking after the gardens.
ANTRIM CASTLE 3814
This is Antrim Castle in the late 1960's and as you can see all the walls
are still standing 50 years years after it was burned down by an arsonist.
That's Abbeyview in Muckamore on the left and the presence
of the horse and cart tells you it was taken quite a while ago! But long after
the mills have faded away, the street itself is still going strong.In fact
it is remarkably well preserved. This house in the foreground was called the
Gaffer house and the row and the one behind belonged to York Street Flax Spinng
mill who had a factory at Muckamore. The Gaffer house was redesigned and had
a Post Office put into it, the other Gaffer house at the other end is were
you could get groceries ect.
Here we have Mrs Jean Agnew outside her home at Ladyhill just opposite the
Quarry in July 1937.
Looking loving down at her son Leslie in the pram as she rocks him to sleep.
ANTRIM CASTLE GROUNDS 3823
Out for a early morning stroll in Antrim Castle Grounds
these two ladies are enjoying the peace and the lovely surroundings. They
are just passing the Pump house which supplied water to the castle and was
once a temporary place for Lord Massereene's band called Massereene Brass
& Reed Band.
FLYING COALMAN 1046
This is Alex Agnew outside his house in Ballybentra Road, Dunadry in 1933
standing next to the lorry that he used to deliver coal with for John Kelly.
He must have not only been good at his job but also fast! as apparently there
was a poem about him called " The Flying Coalman".
FAMILY OUTING 993
Out enjoying the sun in 1937 are some of the Agnew family
and on the left is Alex Agnew then his mother Rachel, his brother Willie and
then his father William. The babies are Ann and Maudie and they were twins,
in front are Jack and Rita. Take a look at the soles of the grandfather's
boots, they are covered in nails to make them last and were called Hob-nail
boots. On sure thing was that you could always hear your dad coming before
you saw him.
FEEDING TIME 990
Feeding the chickens at the back of the house in Ballybentra Road, Templepatrick
is Rachel Agnew. The year is unknown and so are the chickens!
FAMILY GATHERING 1047
Seated outside their house just outside Dunadry in 1920 we have the Agnew
On the left with her beautiful long ringlets is Maudie, mum (Rachel) is next
with Alex beside her. Tom is in front of Alex and Bessie his big sister is
next. Then dad William in his suit with his fob and watch chain showing. Beside
him in a velvet suit with a white collar is Willie, the dog is unknown. Bessie
later in life married a postman from Antrim. Now take a look at all their
shoes, what a shine, I wonder who spit and polished them?