Edenderry Cultural and Historical Society
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The Society was formed on 16th June 2004 with the aim of improving the knowledge of the public by giving them greater involvement in the wider community and promoting awareness of History, Folklore and the cultural heritage of the area. It was also formed to benefit the people of the greater Edenderry area regardless of class, creed or other opinion.


The first three years of our existence was spent researching the old Wade Pottery factory in Watson Street before launching our book ‘Irish Wade The History People and Products’, in the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown in August 2007. This launch was immediately followed by a highly successful exhibition running from August until October 2007

In 2008 we released a smaller book ‘Edenderry Pictorial Past’.


This was followed in 2012 when we launched another successful book, ‘Portadown Foundry Limited’, and we put on a major exhibition of our foundry research work in the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown.


We are currently researching ‘Portadown Gaslight Company’, and it is our intention to launch a book on the Company in 2018.


Other books planned for the future are ‘The Railway Station,’ ‘Hamilton Robb Linen Factory’ and a sequel to ‘Edenderry Pictorial Past’.


We hope the photographs and articles contained on our site bring back many memories.

We would ask all to take a minute and read some of our articles. To look us up on Facebook and follow.

Local history is often forgotten. Individual peoples stories, local businesses long forgotten, Historical events not recorded, as a Society we want to remember the good, the bad and the ugly, we need your stories from our local area. We will record and keep a file for future reference. We want to hear from all no matter what your beliefs, orientation as we believe without history and how we worked in the past, we can’t have a future. We ask you for your stories, local information, any past business owners or family who have moved away for information. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance.

Please see below for the constitution and vulnerable adult and child policy.

ECHS Constitution
ECHS Vulnerable Adult Policy
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A little known fact
A little known fact

Portadown’ s water supply used to be pumped direct from the River Bann with it so steam pump where the Regal cinema/ entertainment centre is now.
The old Town Hall
The old Town Hall

Who remembers the old Town Hall?
Deliveries in the early 1900’s
Deliveries in the early 1900’s

An old photo showing deliveries to Brankins Pub around the 1900.
The gentleman standing in centre of gateway is believed to be Thomas Brankin, The gentleman on extreme left of photo is believed to be Eamonn''s great grandfather Thomas Brankin.

The photograph was taken about 1900, Brankins Bar then would have been considered to be on the edge of town, nowadays the site would be considered as the centre of The Tunnel. Obins Street.

Brankin''s used to board people and stable horses in the buildings at the rear of the Pub.
The old signal coming into Portadown north side.
The old signal coming into Portadown north side.

The old signal coming into Portadown north side.
Carngrove Hotel
Carngrove Hotel

This photo shows the Carngrove Hotel being demolished. This was Mr George Stanley (who was the managing director of the gasworks till his death in 1975) house which he made into the hotel. Unfortunately he didn’t see it as he passed away shortly after getting the licence for alcohol. You can read more about Mr George Stanley in the Gasworks book.

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