Castlebridge - Wexford Guide and Directory, 1885

About “Wexford County Guide and Directory,” 1885

George Henry Bassett produced 7 Irish county directories in the 1880s: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary and Wexford. Each provides useful history of the respective counties as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of the individual cities, towns and villages.

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The directories are naturally an invaluable resource for those tracing family history. However, there are a few points to bear in mind.

  1. This online version of Bassett’s Wexford County Guide and Directory is designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original book, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
  2. The text has been proofed with due care, but with large bodies of text typographical errors are inevitably bound to occur.
  3. Be aware that there were often inconsistencies in spelling surnames in the 19th century and also that many forenames are abbreviated in Bassett’s directories.

With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

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CASTLEBRIDGE is in the barony of Shelmaliere East, three miles, English, to the north of Wexford, on the road to Gorey. Wexford is its nearest railway station. The inhabitants, about 400, for the greater part, are farm laborers. Large malt-houses give considerable employment. A market for grain is held every day in the season. A long and broad street, of thrifty appearance, is the main thoroughfare. There is good shelter for the houses lying in the hollow. A number of interesting ruins are in the neighbourhood, including Ballytramont Castle, Artramont Castle, Artramont Church-yard, Ardcolm ruined Church, and Ardcavan ruined Church. The Garrylough River joins the Sow below the village. There is good fishing, and excellent snipe-shooting on the Salt Marsh, of over 2,000 acres. Edenvale is within a short distance. See Wexford descriptive.

Rev. Myles Doran, P.P.

Rev. D. W. Redmond, C.C.

Rev J. G. Jacob, Rector (I.C.), Ardcolme

Catherine Dixon, Postmistress

David Haddon, dispensary doctor

Sergeant Ward, R.I.C.

Patk. Lennon, master Nat. School

Mary Barton, mistress do

Victoria Sherwood, mistress Protestant School


Butcher—Michael Murphy

Grocers who do not sell spirits—Mrs. Hayes, C. Dixon, J. Roche

Grocers, &c., who sell spirits—A. Delaney, E. Doyle, L. Gahan, P. Murphy, M. Quinn

Spirits only—J. Kelly

Maltsters—E. Kavanagh, W. B Nunn, M. Quinn

Millers—P. Breen & Son, J.Murphy, M. Murphy, P. Murphy, A. Shortall & Son, Messrs. Williams

Provisions—E. Doyle, J. Roche, M. Quinn


Bolger, Patrick, Oldtown

Breen, James, Ballycrane

Byrne, Philip, Kilmisten

Carty, Henry, Castlesow

Carty, Leslie R., Galbally

Clancy, Francis, Ballyla

Clancy, William, Glasganny

Culleton, John, Ballyboggan lower

Daly, John, Kilcorral

Davis, James, Glebe

Dixon, Edward, Pollregan

Doyle, Edward, Kilcorral

Doyle, Jeremiah, Lacken

Doyle, William, Lacken

Francis, Thomas, Ballyboggan lr

Furlong, Mrs., Crosstown

Gainfort, Edward, Johnstown

Hayes, Nicholas, Garrygibbon

Hughes, Peter, Mullinagour

Jones, Frederick, Coole

Leary, Henry, Ballytramont

Leary, William, Turkyle

Le Hunte, Geo., J.P., Artramonte

M‘Owen, James, Kilcorral

Murphy, Andrew, Ballycrane

Murphy, Daniel, Knottown

Murphy, James, Ballyboggan lr

Murphy, Michael, Castlebridge

Newport, Stephen, Ardcavan

Parker, Owen, Killelan

Percival, William, Ardcavan

Rath, Moses, Clonashogue

Reck, Denis, Crory lower

Redmond, John, Ardcavan

Rossiter, Andrew, Craanagan

Rossiter, John, Garrygibbon

Scallan, Gregory, Ballyla

Shortall, James, Crory

Shortall, Peter, Ballyboggan

Sinnott, Edward, Ardcavan

Sinnott, Michael, Ardcavan

Sinnott, Thomas, Ballycrane

Stafford, John, Ballyboggan lower

Stafford, William, Ballytramont

Sunderland, Thomas, Kilcorral

Tierney, Michael, Kilcorral

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