Edenderry Cultural and Historical Society




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The history of Portadown Foundry has been explored by Edenderry Cultural & Historical Society (ECHS)in a project thanks to a generous grant of 21k from the Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF)

The grant was awarded in late 2009 and has been used to record and interpret the history of the Foundry which was at the heart of local industry for 139 years. Portadown Foundry manufactured linen machinery and parts for the local linen mills and also exported these to Africa. They made agricultural equipment, parts for the railways, built barges to facilitate the canal trade and serviced the First and Second World War campaigns. In its later life, its structural steel work was used in the construction of new hospitals, factories and government buildings throughout Ireland. At its peak it employed in excess of 100 people. The Foundry was of great significance to both the local community and Northern Ireland's wider industrial heritage.

The culmination of over two years research work was delivered to the local and wider community by month long exhibitions hosted in the Millennium Court Arts and Edenderry Heritage Centres beginning 4th November 2011. The exhibitions told the story of the history of the Portadown Foundry by way of exhibits, photographs and DVD displays. The late Eric Dale OBE, Chairman of ECHS said "the exhibitions were well attended and recorded a very important part of our local industrial heritage which might have been otherwise lost forever."

The book, "A History of the Foundry 1844-1983" by authors Cardwell McClure and the late Wilson Steen was launched in Oct 2012. A substantial audience attended and enjoyed the launch, at which Mayor Carla Lockhart officiated.


For details of the book's availability and sources contact: cardwell.mcclure@btopenworld.com and Mob 07789550738. Details also on an attached picture.






Uploaded Foundry Photos - click a photo to see an enlarged picture with further info.


Thank You Trevor
Thank You Trevor

Trevor''s resignation from the post of Honorary Treasurer of the Society

A Talk on Portadown and the Railways by Arnold Sleator.
A Talk on Portadown and the Railways by Arnold Sleator.


A Mary Peters Story.
A Mary Peters Story.

An Excerpt from the book '' A History of Portadown Foundry 1844 - 1983''.



The African Head Story - Addendum to The History of the Foundry Book.
The African Head Story - Addendum to The History of the Foundry Book.


foundry book
foundry book

book

Sequel to ''The Dickie Lunn Footballing Story''
Sequel to ''The Dickie Lunn Footballing Story''




''The Dickie Lunn Fotballing Story''
''The Dickie Lunn Fotballing Story''


A History of Portadown Foundry
A History of Portadown Foundry


List of Accredited Book Sellers
List of Accredited Book Sellers




The Portadown Gasworks Gates Project
The Portadown Gasworks Gates Project


Harold Trouton and Robert Magee with the Gates they Refurbished 2012.
Harold Trouton and Robert Magee with the Gates they Refurbished 2012.


The refurbished Gasworks Gates finally installed on Bridge Street Edenderry.
The refurbished Gasworks Gates finally installed on Bridge Street Edenderry.


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Cardwell McClure to give a talk on his uncle
Cardwell McClure to give a talk on his uncle

Our Chairman Cardwell McClure has-been invited by the directors of Sloan''s House, Loughgall, County Armagh to give a talk on the life of his uncle, William Scott CBE RA who lived for a short time in Enniskillen, and show the film on Scott''s life - ''Every Picture Tells A Story'', produced by his cousin, James Scott.

William Scott had a link to Portadown/Orange Order. To find out more about the linkeage I invite you to attend this event. The presentation and film would be of interest to those school children in the County taking A or GCSE levels in art this year therefore I would encourage them to attend.

William Scott is now recognised as one of the great British/Ulster artists of the 20th century.

On display will be many books written on the artist, details of his works and where they can be seen in Ireland with images of the paintings and an Orange Order banner painted by William and his father, my grandfather in 1927. The banner would be unique and rare because the hand of such a great artist is upon it. It is signed Scott Enniskillen.

This event is not to be missed.
Mrs Joan Christie receiving her award
Mrs Joan Christie receiving her award

Congratulations to Mrs Joan Christie the Lord Lieutenant of Co.Antrim
Members talking to the Lord Lieutenant of Co. Antrim
Members talking to the Lord Lieutenant of Co. Antrim

Last year the Society had the pleasure in attending an award ceremony at Carrickfergus Gasworks Museum (Flame) in their award of the Queens Voluntary Award and in so met the Lord Lieutenant of Co. Antrim Mrs Joan Christie we would like to wish her well both in her retirement and in getting The Freedom of Lisburn City and Castlereagh. See photos of some of the members talking to The Lord Lieutenant.
St Marks Portadown
St Marks Portadown

St Marks Church Portadown with the old gas light
St Marks Church Portadown
St Marks Church Portadown

The town church with the old gas light

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