Newry  County Armagh


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Newry like this:

Newry, parl. bor., market and seaport town, par., and township, cos. Armagh and Down, on Newry river and canal, 5 m. from the head of Carlingford Lough, 38 m. S. of Belfast, and 76 m. N. of Dublin by rail - par., 22,361 ac., pop. 23,145; parl. bor.,2921 ac., pop. 15,590; township, 701 ac., pop. ...

14,808; 4 Banks, 4 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. There are 4 ry. stations, and trains run in connection with the London and North-Western Ry. Co.'s steam packets at Greenore for Holyhead, which sail daily. Newry is a clean, well-built, and thriving town. It is one of the most important Irish ports for the exportation of cattle and all kinds of agricultural produce to Liverpool, Glasgow, &c. The imports consist chiefly of timber, coal, slates, cotton, wine, groceries, &c., and the wholesale trade in these commodities is very extensive. Vessels drawing 15 ft. of water can reach the Albert basin by the ship canal. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Among other industries are brewing, tanning, rope and sail-making, and the mfr. of machinery and implements of husbandry. There are large granite quarries, with cutting and polishing works, in the vicinity. The granite is capable of receiving a very high polish, and monuments, chimney-pieces, &c., made from it are exported. Newry is an ancient place; it had an abbey founded in 1175, and a castle, which was destroyed by Edward Bruce in 1318; the town was nearly destroyed by the Duke of Berwick in 1689, but revived with the making of the canal in 1741. Newry gives the title of viscount to the Earl of Kilmorey. It returns 1 member to Parliament.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Newry, in and County Armagh | Map and description, A Vision of Ireland through Time.


Date accessed: 20th June 2024

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