Edenderry Cultural and Historical Society
�




WELCOME TO THE PORTADOWN FOUNDRY WEB PAGE.

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.


1 2 3 4 5 next

Last 5 Additions

DJ Maguire and Associates advert
DJ Maguire and Associates advert

ECHS would like to thank DJ Maguire’s and Associates dental practitioners for their kind donation and sponsorship of our upcoming Gasworks book. We would like to congratulate the practice in 30 years on business in the Edenderry area of Portadown.
Joseph Poots and Son Advert
Joseph Poots and Son Advert

ECHS would like to thank Joseph Poots and Son Funeral Directors for their kind donation for an advert into the Gasworks book.
George McNabb’s & Co advert
George McNabb’s & Co advert

ECHS would like to thank George McNabb and Co for being the first to take an advert in the ''Gasworks'' book. the company has been in the Edenderry area of Portadown since 1975 and was initial established by George McNabb. they are an indepentent family business and are proud members of the Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors www.georgemcnabb.co.uk
Gary’s bar Advert
Gary’s bar Advert

ECHS would like to thank Gary''s Bar for taking an advert in the Gasworks book. the business was bought by it''s present owners on the 29th May 1978 and has continued to be run by the same family since.
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.

Total Hits: 29911 © copyright 2017 Edenderry Cultural and Historical Society