The Apsley shops

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The Apsley shops

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The Apsley shops

The 30th June 1990 marked the end of an era when George and Llewellyn Apsley sold the 'Apsley newsagency' on Main Street, Larne to Bobby and Patsy Lyttle.

In 1903 William James Apsley from Carnduff bought the shop for his daughters Sarah and Lizzie. They took charge of a shop which not only sold newspapers, fancy goods and Irish souvenirs, but also acted as a shipping agent for emigrants seeking work in America, Canada and Australia

George joined the business in 1945, having previously being employed in Short and Harlands as a draughtsman, while Llewellyn joined in 1967 from the Ulster Transport Authority.

The family also owned a milliners and drapery store next door at number 11 Main Street. The last member of the family to run this store was Betty Apsley who joined the business following service with the wartime Royal Naval Service and the NI civil service.

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