HIGH STREET 3495
Here you are looking from the top of High Street from the Old Court House
to the bottom where High Street Presbytrian Church with it's spire and just
look at the amount of the trees there are, the photograph was taken in late
1930s. Over the right you can see a large amount of car outside Halls Hotel,
it must be lunch time in the town for there is not one person to be seen on
the street. Now over to the left you can see the barrel and part of the wheel
of a small captured German WWW1 field gun that was given to town along with
another one that stood at the top of Fountain Street. They were given to the
town in celebration of winning the first WWW1. Sadly in the WWII they were
melted down to make weapons as metal as scarce.
Now behind the gun is another large wheel which has a railings at the back
and sides of it with no railing at the front of it. This was to give you access
to it for it was the town's water pump with another one at the top of Fountain
street. This is where you could get clean water as a lot of houses did not
have running water in their homes. So you came and filled your bucket up,
sometimes quite a few times a day!
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.
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
the 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' Then the Massereene Arms Hotel' with a lady
sitting outside and finally the 'Hall's Hotel', next to 'Hall's 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.
Here's 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.
FRIENDS IN THE GARDEN 3732
Here we have a gathering of friends having their photograph taken in one of
their gardens enjoying the good weather while it lasts.
At the back (from the left) we have Mr W. Hogg, beside him with a lovely smile
is Miss D. V Nucta. In front (from the left) are Mrs Wheelor, Mrs G Carlesle
and finally Mrs Hogg.
HARBINSON BOYS 2411
Here we are on the Oldstone road and having a great time in the muck are Batman
fans David and Andrew Harbinson.
Yes they are on the Oldstone road for this was when they were widening it.
How I know they are Batman fans? Take a look at their wellie boots.
HOTEL STAFF 3697
Now here we are somewhere in Hall's Hotel which was in High Street we have
some of the staff having a break with a friend.
The only one known is in the middle is Molly Gillespie and her husband also
worked as a staff member. At the moment I do not know any of the rest,
but if you do please let know and I will send you a copy without the watermark.
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.
HOLYWELL HOSPITAL BADMINTON TEAM 3627
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.
MY MUM 1705
Having their photograph taken in 1973 with their mum May Hannan we have her
three sons Gary, Norman and Philip.
ELIZABETH HOOD DSCN2546
Here we have Elizabeth Hood in 1990 standing beside the Sixmileriver Water
in Antrim just across from where Hall's Hotel used to be.
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 042
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 Massereene Street and in the background you can see
The date is unknown.
MASSEREENE STREET 319
Taken in Massereene Street looking towards Riverside you can see part of All
Saints' Parish Church and the buildings and in the foreground we have Maggie
Hannan. 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.
HALL'S HOTEL 3879
Entertainers most likely hired by the hotel.There are
ladies have on large fllowered hats including a straw hat, also two of the
ladies one of which is carrying over her arm a fox fur. The other lady is
wearing a straw hat and a feather boa around her shoulders.Two of the men
standing are wearing cowbow style hats also the man crosslegged on the kerb.
To his right are three boys, first one is dressed like Huckelberry Finn plus
the hat, the second one is wearing a fancy hat with a large feather sticking
out of it and a uniform, while the third boy is wearing a tree piece suit
with a tie and on his head is like a train engineers cap. When you think back
to that time Antrim town was a mecca for tourists, there where five Hotels
in High Street, you had the Kings Arms, Antrim Arms, Lough Neagh, Masserene
Arms and Hall's Hotel. Hall's hotel was a grand building on an even grander
scale. It grew from the amalgamation of the Kings Arms, the Commercial and
Massereene Arms - the latter of which was the grand-daddy of them all. Built
in 1754, it had tended the needs of thirsty soldiers after the Battle of Antrim
in 1798. but the modern era really began at the turn of the 20th century -
around the time this picture was taken- when Maud Martha Wilson the daughter
of RJ Hall, arrived on the scenewith a mission to transform the hotel into
one of the best-knownin the province. That she succeeded was a testament to
her insistence on quality and high standards - along with her generous nature
and indomitable spirit. A tireless charity worker, she was remembered by her
son Robert as a woman who 'didn't do things by half!' Sadly Hall's was demolished
four decades ago (now 2021), but the name lives on through the bridge which
crosses the Six Mile Water river.