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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Wade book sale
Wade book sale

Can I remind everyone that we’re still selling our Wade Ireland book at £5 each please visit our website www.wadeireland.co.uk for further details.
An old map of the Edenderry area
An old map of the Edenderry area

In this photo you can see the ‘Gasworks ‘ site and the site of the old constabulary barracks
The old Gasworks site at Carrickfergus
The old Gasworks site at Carrickfergus

Portadown ‘Gasworks ‘, would have had a similar plan
By-products
By-products

By-products of the coal producing gas plant that used to come from the ‘Gasworks ‘.
A lamp lighters pole
A lamp lighters pole

Portadown lamp lighters would have used a pole like this to light the gas lamps around the town

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