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Where: 8 High St, Portadown, Craigavon BT62, UK

When: Unknown

Up to the "wee North" today with a fine Lawrence shot of High Street in Portadown. A fine broad street, big well-built premises, gas lamps, and horse apples in abundance - all might mean this was late 1800s...?

....Or perhaps not the late 1800s after-all. Thanks to today's contributions (and the high-res megazoom version) the community's eagle-eyes spotted an apparently dated shop-window display suggesting a date of 1906. Niall McAuley's census and street-directory investigations would seem to corroberate this - as Hoy's boot-sellers (far left) seem to have left Portadown sometime between 1901 and 1910. Perhaps the "cheap boots sale" we see advertised was actually a closing/relocation sale? Courtney (the "Italian Warehouseman"?) seems to have been around for a few years after this image. And is it no wonder he did a busy trade, given that (as advertised) he always had "pickles in stock"! :)


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Possibly c.1906

NLI Ref: L_ROY_09282

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:23:18

    In 1901, Joseph Hoy is 46. Clement Courtney(mispelled) is 50. Thomas James Montgomery is 55.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:28:01

    In 1911, Courtney and Montgomery are still there, but no Hoy. Joseph Hoy has moved to Armagh.

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    RETRO STU

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:29:15

    Growing ivy from a window-box, that's unusual.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:33:10

    In 1890, I see Hoy, but Courtney is on Market St. and no T Montgomery.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:35:13

    1895: Hoy and Courtney are on High St, no T Montgomery. Likewise 1897 By 1899 Montgomery is there.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:44:26

    All 3 there in 1907.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:45:36

    Hoy gone in 1910

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:45:53

    So 1897-1910.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:49:52

    Felix O'Hanlon, Spirit merchant is 72 in 1901, but lives in a house on William St., not over his bar.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:53:24

    I think Mr Montgomery has a "1906" date in his window. See note and megazoom.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:56:04

    In 1900 and 1907 I see Allen, Paul, Davison Bros., Canavan, and O'Hanlon, no help.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 13/Dec/2016 09:56:07

    Spot the dog dogs!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 10:01:39

    At far right, the brick building at the corner of Thomas St./market St. is under construction. per the DIA, 8 houses and shops were built on Thomas St. in 1909.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Dec/2016 10:13:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Yes, that does look like a 1906, and that would be consistent with the street directories - but why put the year in your window like that??

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    B-59

    • 13/Dec/2016 10:13:43

    Streetview: goo.gl/maps/1bKr2PDmbwM2

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 13/Dec/2016 10:20:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] So we could find it 110 years later !! Thanks megazoom. And Mr Montgomery! Several ads for Cerebos salt which started in 1892 - interesting history of free-pouring salt, which we take for granted - cosgb.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/cerebos-ltd.html

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    DannyM8

    • 13/Dec/2016 10:30:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Got them both!

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 13/Dec/2016 10:49:00

    1907 Interesting Red Herring -

    A GIFT TO PORTADOWN. LONDON, Friday. William John Watson, a man who made a fortune of £10,000 [about 1 million pounds now] in Australia and then returned home and lived miserly, has died at Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland, bequeathing his fortune to the town for recreation purposes.
    From trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/134695541 2/11/1907

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    derangedlemur

    • 13/Dec/2016 11:48:08

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Possibly this year's tea, or last year's if he's selling it cheap.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Dec/2016 00:58:14

    Thanks all! Tags, description and location map all updated. (While changing the latter, I noticed that this image is taken only a few paces from a previous Portadown image from the Eason collection. Below). www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5969567125/