Edenderry Cultural and Historical Society

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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Carrickfergus Gasworks museum
Carrickfergus Gasworks museum

See Carrickfergus Gasworks museum receive the Queen award for volunteers. A good day was had by all.
1950’s photo
1950’s photo

1950''s Bridge Street. Lorry loaded with carboy''s, The gap between the terrace houses was the entrance to Francis Street. This was a part of the Marley Estate.
Thanks to Portadown photographs for the photo.
My father E Matchett took part in this race anyone know any of the others
My father E Matchett took part in this race anyone know any of the others

April 1956

High Street Easter Tuesday Cycle race passing through town Easter Tuesday.
Who remembers this character?
Who remembers this character?


Locally well known ''Badger Hamill'' having a stroll in what was to be the last sight of John Street
Watson Street Portadown
Watson Street Portadown

Who can name any of these people. The photograph was taking In Watson Street in the back ground yo can see the old railway station

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