Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 25: Hilden in the Snow, Neil Shawcross

Neil Shawcross, RUA, RHA (b.1940), Hilden Mill in the Snow c.1985 Oil on canvas ILC&LM collection 2016 © The artist This picture was inspired by the artist seeing the red brick mass of Hilden Mill vividly set against the white of surrounding snow. Linen thread-making was established at the Plantation, Lisburn in 1784.  By the late-19th [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 24: Corner of Antrim Street/Bow Street in the snow, c.1963

Corner of Antrim Street/Bow Street in the snow, c.1963 Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in touch if you have memories of the area, or further pictures.

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 22: The Corner House Pub, Antrim Street, c.1960s

The Corner House Pub, Antrim Street, c.1960s, now Midas the jewelers. The famous First World War image of the 11th battalion Royal Irish Rifles outside Tom Oliver's was taken here.   Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 21: Fire Authority building, Castle Street

Fire Authority building, Castle Street (demolished c.1983), as viewed from Castle Gardens. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in touch if you have memories of the area, or further pictures.

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 20: Convent, Seymour Street, c.1960s

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart arrived in Lisburn in 1870s, establishing a convent on Seymour Street.  These building was demolished in the 1970s. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 19: Old Quay Street/Bridge Street junction, photographed from the new Queens Road, c.1983

Who remembers Walter Allen? Old Quay Street/Bridge Street junction, photographed from the new Queens Road, c.1983. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in touch if you have memories of the [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 17: Bridge Street from the Gasworks, c.1960s

A rare view of Bridge Street from the Gasworks/Back Lane area of Lisburn.  Many of the houses had long, sloping back gardens.   Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 16: Stannus Place and Hancock Street, viewed from the Queens Road, c.1980s

Stannus Place was a wonderful late-Georgian terrace of six three-storey houses set at right angles to the river.         Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in touch [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 15: Greens and Chittick’s, Bow Street, c.1990s

Greens and Chittick’s shops on Bow Street, c.1990s,  Chittick's opened in 1931, selling a range of fashions.  It closed in 2006.  Greens have been trading in Lisburn since the 1890s. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 14: The lion of Bow Street above Jordan Bros’ tea house, c.1970s

The lion decorated the shop front of the Golden Lion Tea House, which was established at 59 Bow Street.  The premises were later purchased by John G. Feguson and continued in use as a spirit grocery after its lease to Jordan Brothers around 1950. 

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 13: Bow Street, photographed from Market Place, c.1990s

Who remembers Elmore’s at Bow Street/corner of Market Place?  The business was established in the town in 1896.   Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in touch if you have [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 12: St Patrick’s RC church and St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Hill, c.1990s

The new church was opened on Chapel Hill in June 1900, replacing an earlier building dating from 1786.  The spire was added in the 1930s.  The beautiful late Victorian St Joseph’s Hall was built in 1889, and only replaced in the 2000s. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 11: Haslem’s Lane, with James Street to the right, Smithfield, c.1964

Haslem’s Lane, with James Street to the right, Smithfield, c.1964   The now demolished James Street, where Lisburn Square now stands, just off Haslem’s Lane.   Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 10: Former Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, Smithfield, c.1970s

Former Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, Smithfield, c.1970s   Now Glasgow’s, this building was formerly Smithfield RIC barracks. There were two other barracks in the town, at the Railway Station and Hillhall.   Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel free to share [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 9: Terraced shops at Smithfield Street, c.1970s

Terraced shops at Smithfield Street, c.1970s   This row of terraced shops at Smithfield Street is still standing today.  In the 1830s, Smithfield was described as being occupied by ‘several good and lofty houses...with respectable tradespeople’. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 8: Lisburn Swimming Pool at Smithfield, c.1970s

 Lisburn Swimming Pool at Smithfield, c.1970s   The old Cattle Market has been replaced with the Lisburn swimming pool, which opened in 1970 and closed in 1999.  If you look closely, the row of terraced houses can still be seen in Lisburn Square, although much altered. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 7: Smithfield, Lisburn, c.1960s

Smithfield, Lisburn, c.1960s   Standing in Market Street/Linenhall Street this view of Smithfield (now the site of Lisburn Market/ back entrance to Green’s) shows the Victorian terraced housing that once dominated this area.     Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum’s collection.  Feel [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 6: A rare view of Linenhall Street, looking towards Market Street

A rare view of Linenhall Street, looking towards Market Street   This rare view shows a shirt factory on Linenhall Street, located right next door to Coulsons and across the street from the town’s historic brown linen hall.   Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 5: Corner of Market Street and Smithfield

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 5: Corner of Market Street and Smithfield This photograph, by John Press shows the corner of Market Street and Smithfield, where McCalls stands today.  It's taken from the junction of Linenhall Street, right outside the historic Brown Linenhall (now the Post Office).  Note the very trendy 1970s white boots! [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 4: the Island Spinning Mill, Lisburn

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 4: the Island Spinning Mill, Lisburn. We have a real treat today, two unusual views of the Island Spinning mill.  Opened in the 1860s, the mill produced linen thread for over 120 years, only ceasing production in the 1980s.   Now demolished, the sites is now home to Lisburn & [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 3: Back Lane

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 - Day 3: Back Lane Back Lane ran from (today's) Governors Rd to Hill Street, at an angle to Bridge Street and Barnsley's Row.  The town's gasworks were on one side of the street.  Photograph by John Press. Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 2: Piper’s Hill Looking Towards Hill Street

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 - Day 2: Piper's Hill Looking Towards Hill Street   This photograph, by John Press, looks across to Hill Street from Piper's Hill/Market Lane. On the right it the partially cleared site of the world-famous Coulson's Damask factory, on the left is Barnsley's Row.  Dates from the mid-1960s. Does anyone know [...]

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 1: Hill Street Looking Towards Piper’s Hill, Lisburn

Lisburn Advent Calendar 2016 - Day 1: Hill Street Looking Towards Piper's Hill, Lisburn Each day this Advent, we will be sharing a different image of Lisburn and district from the museum's collection.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family, and get in touch if you have memories of the area, or [...]

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