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Portadown College
Portadown College

This photo was taken about 1948 in a snow covered play ground in Portadown College, Edenderry. Note one of the teachers mingling with the pupils in his robes.

The school actually started life in 1921 as the Carleton Collegiate School in St Mark''s former Parochial Hall in Carleton Street; its founding headmaster was Mr W J Warren M.A., who before war service in 1914-18 had been joint principal of Banbridge Academy.

The new school grew rapidly and larger premises were acquired in October 1924 when Mr Hamilton Robb''s dwelling house on the Edenderry bank of the River Bann was purchased by a group of prominent local citizens and made available to Mr Warren.

The total cost of 4,400, including improvements, was raised by a loan from the Ulster Bank on the personal security of these seven local Trustees. They were

William Moffat Clow, Miller
William Laird Cowdy, Linen Manufacturer
Thomas Cordner, Merchant
George Dougan, Medical Doctor
John Davison, Merchant
Samuel Lutton, Linen Manufacturer
David William Thornton, Merchant.

A courtyard/assembly hall block was added in 1927, and finally the large new classroom/laboratory wing added in 1936.

Space soon ran out again, however, and in 1949 the Preparatory Department of the College moved to a second and larger site on the Killicomaine Road. In 1962 the rest of the school moved up there too, and the old buildings were taken over for a variety of other uses - most recently as "Bann House", area headquarters for the musical activities of the Southern Education and Library Board.

Photo courtesy of Mrs Woodman and research courtesy of Craigavon Historical society


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The rose grower from Portadown
The rose grower from Portadown

ECHS do a lot for the community that you dont hear about. The chairman was recently asked to talk about the influence of Sam McGredy and his production of roses.
Sam was a world wide expert on the production of roses who came from Portadown. He recently passed away in New Zealand . The talk was done in the millennium centre in Portadown and was well received by all who attended it.
Sam employed a lot of people from Portadown especially during the summer holidays. Information can be found on YouTube and the internet.
Book launch
Book launch

Our book launch for the History of Portadown Gasworks
Book launch
Book launch

Everyone is welcomed to our book launch in December 2019. If your able to attend it would be nice to see you there
2 famous people from the Edenderry area
2 famous people from the Edenderry area

Who remembers these 2 teachers
An introduction to the Edenderry area
An introduction to the Edenderry area

Our chairman Mr McClure wrote for a book giving an introduction to the Edenderry area

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