Ballycastle (description town, ca 1824)

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Ballycastle (description town, ca 1824)

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(extracted from Pigot Directory 1824)
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ANCIENTLY called Ballycashlain, is on the northern coast of Antrim,
forty miles north-north west of Belfast, one hundred and thirteen north
by west of Dublin, and sixteen north-north-east of Coleraine. It derives
its name from a castle erected here by Viscount Dunluce, in the
sixteenth century. It is divided into the upper & the lower town; the
latter of which is usually called the Quay. On a bank separated from the
Quay by a small channel, stands the glass house in a state of ruin. From
the Quay the upper town is approached by a beautiful avenue sheltered by
fine lofty trees. This place may be said to be the creation of Hugh
Boyd, esq, to whom the original lease was granted by the Earl of Antrim,
in 1736. Mr. Boyd obtained a grant from parliament of 23,000. for the
erection of a pier to protect the shipping, and Ballycastle then
promised to become of consequence; but the tides, which are very violent
in, this quarter, soon overthrew the pier, and filled the harbour with
sand. The church, a handsome building, with a fine spire, was built by
Mr. Boyd, who was interred on the day of its consecration; here are also
a Catholic chapel, and two preaching houses. At a short distance from
the town is the parish church, and a poor school, which is very
liberally endowed by the Boyd family. In the neighbourhood are two
chalybeate springs. The situation of Ballycastle is extremely pleasing,
being flanked on one side by an inmense mountain, and on the other by an
expansive sea, with a view of Raghlin Island. A market is held every
three weeks, on Tuesday, for yarn and provisions; and there are fairs
on Easter Tuesday, the last Tuesday in May, the 25th of July, the 24th
of August, the 26th of October, and the 30th of November.

POST OFFICE-Church-street.
Post Mistress, Mrs. Rose Lyons. The Dublin Mail is despatched at four to
Bush-Mills, and returns at eight in the evening daily. A by-mail goes to
Cushindall on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, at eight in the morning
and returns on the same days, at a quarter before four. Office hours
from seven in the morning till eleven at night

(extracted from Pigot Directory 1824)
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