Larne (description town, ca 1824)

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Larne (description town, ca 1824)

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(extracted from Pigot Directory 1824) ┬®


Or, as it was anciently called, Inver, situated on a Lough, or harbour
of the same name, on the coast of Antrim, is 98 miles north of Dublin,
18 north of Belfast, 10 south east of Glenarm, and 16 north east of
Antrim. The chief articles of commerce here are rock salt, lime stone,
and provisions, considerable quantities of which ankles are still
exported; but, on account of its proximity to Belfast, its business has
considerably declined within the last few years. The linen and bleaching
business are extensively carried on by Messr's. Barklie; there are also
considerable flour mills, and at a short distance from the town of is a
cotton manufactory. Besides the parish church, there are three
Presbyterian, a Methodist, and a Roman Catholic chapel. Larne is divided
into the of old, and new town; the latter consists of one spacious
and well built street. On a peninsula, called the Curran, stand the
ruins of old Fleet castle, and on the road to this castle are the
remains of a little chapel, called Clondumales. The castle is supposed
to have been erected by one of the Bissetts, a powerful Scotch family,
in the time of Henry the third. At this spot Edward Bruce landed in
1315, with the expectation of making himself master of Ireland; which
invasion caused much bloodshed, and was productive of many dreadful
calamities to the English settlers in this part of the kingdom. The
neighbourhood of Larne is extremely pleasant the land very fertile, and,
as a summer retreat during the bathing season, surpassed by few in the
north of Ireland. A market is held here for provisions on Wednesday, and
for yarn, flax, and cattle on the first Monday in the month. The fairs
are on the 31st July and the first of December.

Population about 3500

POST OFFICE, Cross-street.
Post Master, Mr. James Cooch.-The Dublin mail is dispatched at four in
the morning, and returns at a quarter past two in the afternoon. The
Glenarm mail leaves daily at half past two in the afternoon, and returns
at eleven in the morning.

(extracted from Pigot Directory 1824) ┬®
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