Newtownards, County Down

From the Belfast and Ulster Towns Directory for 1910

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Thirteen and a half miles from Belfast by rail. Market Town and Parish. Important Hosiery centre. Linen and Muslin Manufactories. Important markets and fairs. Market day, Saturday. Weekly half-holiday, every Thursday afternoon. Fair day, second Saturday of each month. Area of parish, 14,837 acres. Parish Population, 11,630. Town Population, 9,110

POST OFFICE, Great Frances Street—Mrs. A. Stewart, Postmistress. Letters from Dublin, Belfast, and England are delivered every morning at 7-30 and 10-25 a.m.; every evening at 2-30 and 6-15 p.m.; and are despatched for Belfast at 7-20 a.m.; and for Belfast, Dublin, and England at 10-25 a.m., 1-20, 3-10, 6-0, and 7-25 p.m. Letters from Scotland arrive at 7-0 a.m., and are despatched at 6-0 and 7-25 p.m. Letters for Conlig are sent off at 7-30 a.m. and 2-25 p.m., and arrive at 11-30 a.m. and 5-0 p.m. Ballywalter, Greyabbey, and Kirkcubbin letters arrive at 10-20 a.m. and a return mail goes to those towns at 2-15 p.m. A motor bus takes letters to Cunningburn, Greyabbey, Ballywalter, Kirkcubbin, Ardkeen, and Portaferry at 7-0 a.m., and arrives here with letters from these towns at 6-0 p.m. Letters from the Upper Ards barony are delivered at 6-15 p.m. on the arrival of the 5-15 down train from Belfast. In connection with the parcel post, parcels are despatched at 10-25 a.m., 5-55 and 7-25 p.m., and received by all mails. There is also a telegraph, savings bank, annuity, insurance, and money order office. On week days rural messengers are despatched at 7-30 a.m.—one to Bowtown, Ballywatticock, Ballyhaft, and Ballyblack; another to Movilla, Cronstown, Loughries, and Killaughey; another to Whitespots, Drumhirk, and Ballyharry; another to Tullynagardy, Ballysallagh, Clandeboye, and Craigantlet; another to Scrabo, Killynether, Ballycullen, Ballyrogan, and Greengraves; and another to Scrabo Isles, Springfield, Brooklands, and Milecross. These messengers deliver and receive letters on the way. Telephone Call Office is situated in Conway square—Operator, Miss Morgan


The Reliance Motor runs between Newtownards and Portaferry. It leaves Portaferry at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., returning from Newtownards at 10-0 a.m. and 6-0 p.m.

Mary Gordon's car leaves Railway Station, Newtownards, for Portaferry, at 8-10 a.m., and arrives in Newtownards on the return journey at 4-40 p.m.

A motor mail bus leaves Belfast every morning at 6 o'clock, arriving here at 7-0, and in Portaferry at 9-0; it returns from Portaferry at 4-0 p.m., arriving in Newtownards at 6-0 and in Belfast at 7-0

A car runs from Portavogie, via Kirk- cubbin and Greyabbey, in connection with the trains leaving Newtownards for Belfast at 8-50 and 10-34 a.m. A mail car leaves Kirkcubbin for here at 1-40 p.m. A car returns to Portavogie on the arrival of the 1-35, 3-20, and 5-15 p.m. down trains from Belfast

Bangor—Hugh Graham's car arrives at Thomas G. Kirk's, Frances street, at 10-0 a.m., 2-0, 4-30, and 7-45 p.m.. and leaves for Bangor at 9-0 and 11-30 a.m., 2-0, 3-30, and 6-0 p.m. Fare, 6d.

Carrowdore—A car arrives in time to catch the 8-50 a.m. train for Belfast, and leaves on the arrival of the 3-20 p.m. down train. Fare 8d. No service on Sundays

Ballywalter—R. Little's car arrives in time for the 8-50 a.m. train, and leaves on the arrival of the 5-15 p.m. train from Belfast. Fare l0d. No service on Sunday

Ballyhalbert—Every morning (Sundays excepted) a car arrives in time for the 8-50 a.m. train, and leaves on the arrival of the 1-35 p.m. train. Fare 1s.

Royal Irish Constabulary—Station, Court st.—District-inspector, Wm. S. Lennon; head-constable, Alex. Newman; sergeants, Jas. Boyle, M. M'Laughlin, and George Smith. There are twelve constables stationed here

Quarter Sessions. Petty Sessions, Land, and Revision Courts are held in the Court-house, Regent street

Clerk of Petty Session—John C. MacGowan, Regent street

Registrar of Marriages—A. D. Simpson, The Crescent, North street; deputy registrar, James A. Brown, High st.

Registrar for Births and Deaths—Dr. D. Jamison, Frances street

Commissioner for taking Affidavits—A. D. Simpson, The Crescent, North street

Collector Property Tax—Wm. C. M'Connell, Tullynagardy

Inland Revenue—Excise officer, J. T. Boyd, The Villa, Church street

Fire Brigade—The engine is kept at the Gasworks, Mill street, where information as to any outbreak of fire should be at once conveyed. Captain, Wm. Kinnaird

Railway Station—North street—John Boyd, stationrnaster

Clerk of Union—James Holmes, Union Offices and Ardcuan


Church of Ireland, Parish Church, Church street—Rev. W. L. T. Whatham, B.A., rector; Rev. C. P. Fisher, curate

First Presbyterian Church, Great Frances st.—Rev. William Wright. Second, Upper Mary street—Rev. J. A. F. Young, B.A. Regent street—Rev. James Salters, M.A. Strean, West street—Rev. D. H. Maconachie, B.A., B.D. Greenwell st.— Rev. Thomas M'Ilwrath, B.A.

Reformed Presbyterian Church, Regent street—-Rev. Robert Allen, senior minister; Rev. T. Boyd, assistant and successor

Unitarian Church, Gt. Frances street—Rev. R. M. King

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Regent street—Rev. Henry Frackelton

Brethren's Halls, George's street & Regent street

Salvation Army Hall, Little Frances street

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, North St.—Rev. G. Crolly, P.P.; Rev. John Liddy, C.C.


Belfast Bank, Regent st.—Wm. M'Cullough, manager; R. Logan, cashier; T. W. Pyper, accountant; T. M. Aicken, assistant accountant

Ulster Bank, Great Frances street—J. S. Moore, manager; James M'Auley, cashier; Hugh Knox, accountant; A. D. Erskine, and H. V. A. Mercer, assistant accountants

Londonderry Estate Office, High street—D. Meiklejohn, agent; Wm. Ditty, cashier and receiver of rents; John A. Martin, Court square, and Robert Robinson, Comber, estate bailiffs

News Room, Market House, Conway square —Open from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m.

Free Public Library, Town Hall—James Jamison, librarian

Protestant Institute, Upper Mary street— Thomas Irvine, caretaker

Good Templar Hall, North street—Robert Murphy, resident caretaker

Masonic Hall, Regent street; Masonic Hall, James street; Masonic Hall, Forde street

Union Workhouse, Church street—H. C. Sloan, master; and Mrs. Spratt, matron; Mrs. Chambers, fever hospital nurse; Miss Neely, assistant; Miss Kennedy, head workhouse nurse; Miss M'Gowan, trained nurse; the Misses Gracey, M'Kee and Wylie, assistant nurses. Dr. R. C. Parke, J.P., is house surgeon and consulting medical officer for the rural sanitary authority. James Holmes is clerk and returning officer for the union and executive sanitary officer of the rural sanitary authority. Miss Boyd is assistant clerk. Dr. David Jamison is officer of health, and Jas. M'Cullough and John Warden relieving and sanitary sub-officers. Major-General Montgomery, D.L., is chairman of the Rural District Council, and William Gowan, is chairman of the Board of Guardians. Vet. inspector for the union—S. Bailie, M.R.C.V.S. The workhouse chaplains are—Church of Ireland, Rev. W. L. T. Whatham, B.A.; Presbyterian, Rev. William Wright; Roman Catholic, Rev. G. Crolly, P.P.

Dispensary, Great Frances street—Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from ten to twelve o'clock, for the dispensation of medicine, vaccination of children, and registration of births and deaths. Dispensary officer and deputy registrar, Dr. D. Jamison


Newtownards Technical Instruction Committee—Messrs. David Orr, H. Conway, B.A.; Alex. Dickson, F. J. M'Cormick, J.P.; S. H. Simms, M. H. Walker, W. J. Ferguson, Thomas R. Lavery, J.P.; Thomas Maddock, David O'Prey, and Joseph Watters

Newtownards School Board—Rev. John A. F. Young, Rev. W. L. T. Whatham, Rev. William Wright, Rev. Thos. M'Ilwrath, John M'Clements, J.P.; Samuel Heron, F. J. M'Cormick, J.P.; James M'Cutcheon, M. H. Walker, J.P.; Thos. R. Lavery, J.P.; clerk, Hugh M'Cartney; attendance officer, Hugh C. Finlay

Ladies' School, Frances street—Principal, Miss Brown; assistants, Miss Wilson, B.A., and Miss Patterson

District Model School, Old Belfast road—Boys' department—Head-master, Hugh Conway, B.A.; assistants, Messrs. Boyd and R. MacIlwaine; Girls' department —Head-mistress, Miss Todd; assistants, Miss Byers and Miss White; Infants' department—Head-mistress, Miss Ledlie, assistants, Miss Caughley and Miss Harris

East Street (No. 1) National School—Principal, Robert Massey, B.A.

East Street (No. 2) National School—Principal, Robert M'Gimpsey

Ann Street Catholic National School—Principal, G. Whyte; head-mistress, Miss Rose Marquess

Castle Gardens National School—Principal, David Orr. Infants' department—Head-mistress, Miss Davidson

Greenwell Street National School—Principal, W. H. Willis. Infants' department, Miss Anderson

Mill Street National School—Principal, Mrs. M'Lean; assistant, Miss Garrett

Londonderry Schools, Regent street—Male principal, James Morrison; female principal, Mrs. Nelson

Technical School, West st.—Principal, Philip A. Cole


Joint Burial Board—This body is composed of six town commissioners and the same number of poor law guardians, or persons qualified to be either. Two of each, the highest rated, are ex-officio members, and the remaining eight are elected annually in April. The burial ground is Movilla Cemetery, and the joint burial district embraces the municipality of Newtownards and the electoral divisions of Newtownards and Newtownards South. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, in the Urban Council's Boardroom. Jas. A. Brown, High street, is secretary; and Thomas Ferguson, the gate-lodge, Movilla Cemetery, is superintendent and distributor of" interment certificates

Newtownards Joint Hospital Board. Appointed by Newtownards Rural District Council—George Dickson, J.P.; Major-General Montgomery, D.L.; James Hill Dickson, J.P.; W. Warnock. Appointed by Newtownards Urban Council—T. R. Lavery, J.P.; James M'Cutcheon, David O'Prey. Appointed by Bangor Urban Council—John Henderson, John M'Meekin, J-P.; Captain Nicholson. Appointed by Donaghadee Urban Council—Dr. G. Gibson, J.P. Secretary, James Holmes

Newtownards Pension Sub-Committee (comprising the District Electoral Divisions of Mountstewart, Newtownards North, and Newtownards Urban). Appointed by the County Council, the Local Pension Committee under the Act:—Messrs. Wm. Jas. Beckett, Ballyblack; George Dickson, J.P., C.C., Milecross (chairman); Thomas Drake, Danecroft and High street; Wm. Jas. Ferguson, Rosemead and West street; Thomas R. Lavery, J.P.; Ann street and Lakeview; F. J. M'Cormick, J.P., Frances street; James M'Cutcheon, High street; T. C. M'Williams, Windmill row; Henry Patton, Ballyalicock. H. M'Cartney, secretary, Town Hall

Urban District Council—Robert John Beckett, Thomas Drake, William James Ferguson, James Freeland, Thomas P. Gilfillan, Samuel Heron, Thomas R. Lavery, J.P.; F. J. M'Cormick, J.P.; John F. Newman, James M'Cutcheon, Thomas M'Williams, Samuel Moore, David O'Prey, David Orr, and Joseph Watters. All retire in 1911, the Local Government Board having sanctioned triennial elections in connection with the Council. Clerk to the Council. H. M'Cartney; assistant clerks, Miss Taylor and J. M'Ilwaine


Horticultural and Horse Jumping Society—Secretary, David Orr, jun., Victoria av. The horticultural and horse jumping shows are held annually on the first Thursday of each September in Messrs. A. Dickson & Sons, Ltd., nurseries and the grounds adjacent

Newtownards Sick Nursing Association (Non-sectarian)—Patroness, the Marchioness of Londonderry; secretary, Miss L. Simms; treasurer, T. R. Lavery, J.P.

Newtownards Grocers' Association—President, Thomas Drake; vice-president, J. F. Newman; treasurer, Thomas Gilfillan; secretary, Robert Gordon

North Down Agricultural Society—President. Marquis of Londonderry; secretary, John Russell, High street

Ards Prize Ploughing Union—Secretary, Wm. J. Beckett, Ballyblack

N.S.P.C.C.—Secretary, Mrs. F. J. M'Cormick, Frances street

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