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1920’s aerial photo
1920’s aerial photo

Thanks goes to Portadown photographs

Local famous artist
Local famous artist

Charles Lamb - 1893 - 1964

The famous Irish artist Charles Lamb, born and bred in Bridge Street Portadown. This photograph was taken By Joe Wright .

Charles''s favourite spot for painting was Connemara and the west coast of Ireland. Some of his works hang in the Irish National Gallery in Dublin. Our local hotel ''The Seagoe'' have about three of his works on permanent display.

Pleasure Grdens 1950
Pleasure Grdens 1950

1950''s The Pleasure Gardens, the area has been halved since this photo was taken, no bandstand now,

The row of houses in background were on the left before the Bann Bridge approaching Edenderry.



1920’s Crrickblacker Road
1920’s Crrickblacker Road

1920''s Carricblacker Road.

Edenderry School on right, apart from the central Church building all others have gone.

Boat house ghost
Boat house ghost

The first sighting of the ‘boat house ghost’ was documented around the turn of the 20th century and appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’, more than 100 years ago. The original report is that a young woman was drowned in the River Bann and her body was recovered from the river, near the boathouse, at the bottom of Foundry Street in Edenderry some time later.

There was reported sightings of her ‘floating’ over the river and disappearing into the boathouse after midnight every night. These were accompanied by reports of tapping on residents windows and thumping on their doors all of which drove them to despair. The apparition could not only appear suddenly but also possessed poltergeist abilities, as it had the ability to be violent.

Local residents of Foundry Street, Edenderry reported weeks of spooky goings on. They became desperate and considered relocating en masse to another part of the town. However two men thought they had the answer and armed themselves with a Martin-Henry rifle, a type widely used in the 19th and 20th century. They vowed to give her “as much as would keep her from the locality for a fortnight”. At the next reported sighting of the spectre the two heroes immediately took the gun to the place where it was seen and found her still there. The man with the gun raised it to his shoulder, aimed for the spirit and fired. Certain that the target had been hit the two men rushed to the spot where they has seen it only to find nothing there.

The mens exploits did nothing to allay the fears of the residents, in fact quite the opposite as it made them more afraid. However the brave men with the gun promised to protect them, vowing that they would seek revenge if they ever saw the ghost again; they never did.

1906 aerial map of Edenderry Portadown
1906 aerial map of Edenderry Portadown

A 1906 aerial map of Edenderry. If Anyone has any information on any of the buildings within the area please let us know.



Fifth class to attend Edenderry School 1926
Fifth class to attend Edenderry School 1926

Fifth class of Edenderry School 1926
Back row L to R; W. Thompson, J. O''Neil, D. England, M.D. Jackson, W. White, T. Best, J. Leeman, H. Coulter, C.S.A. Twinem.

3rd. row; R. Bell, G. Robinson, M. Mayes, M. Freeburn, G. Craig, J. Topley, E. Mayes, E. Allen, J.Watters.

2nd. row; G. Steenson, J. Twinem, G. McClements, D. McClure, J. Boyce, R. Magill, S. Lewis, R. Calvert.

Front row: W. Hewitt, L. Lyske, H. Forbes, E. Sinnamon, N. Bullick, W. Gracey, E. Tweedie, A. Grimanson, S. Bullick, J. Best.

Teacher Mr. J.W. Neilly on left and principle om right Mr. A.L. Lynas.

Local youth organisation
Local youth organisation

A local Junior Orange Lodge

Local youth organisation
Local youth organisation

Girl Guides from Edenderry.



Mr Eric Dale OBE
Mr Eric Dale OBE

Our dear friend, colleague and committee member Mr Eric Dale OBE. Eric was also Chair of our Cultural and Historical Society

Volunteers Needed! ECHS
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Document - foundry street - 1930

Submitter - Linda Hamilton

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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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