Ballymena (description town, ca 1824)

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Ballymena (description town, ca 1824)

Post by irishgen » 15 Jul 2004, 08:54

(extracted from Pigot Directory 1824)
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BALLYMENA

A CONSIDERABLE market, post, and fair town in the county of Antrim is 25
miles north-west of Belfast, 22 south-east of Coleraine, 15 south-east
of Ballymoney, and 11 north-north-west of Antrim. It is the property of
William Adair, esq. and within the last few years has considerably
improved. On the 7th of June, 1798; the rebels took possession of this
place, and held for three days. In 1823, a neat tower was added to the
church, which has considerably improved the appearance of the town. Here are two Dissenting meeting houses, and a Methodist chapel. The
court-house is a tolerably good building, with a neat tower. Sessions
are held twice a year, and a bench of magistrates sits monthly. In the
school-house are gratuitously educated a great number of poor children
of both sexes. It was built under the direction of the trustees of Mr.
John Guy, who endowed it with sufficient feuds for ever; and about two
miles south-west of the town is a Moravian establishment. The lands in
the neighbourhood are fertile, and the bleaching business is carried on
rather extensively. A considerable linen market held on Saturday, one
for the sale of pork on Tuesday and a grain market on Wednesday.
Ballymena lies on the high road from Belfast to Derry and Coleraine,
which is the cause of considerable business being transacted in the
town. Two fairs are he here; one on the 26th of July, and the other on
the 21st of October.

The number of houses is 497, and of inhabitants 2960.

POST OFFICE, Castle-street.
ÔÇØPost MasterÔÇØ, Mr. Samuel MÔÇÖMaster.
The DUBLIN and BELFAST MAILS are dispatched at half-past three in the
morning, and arrive at half-past four in the afternoon. The Mail to
Broughshane goes at five in the evening, and returns at nine. Office
hours from seven in the morning till eleven at night.

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