Post Office, Carnlough, Co. Antrim

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A familiar bridge but a different focus. We have seen this bridge before from the other side. But today, the focus is on the Post Office at Carnlough in Co. Antrim. The scene really has a charm all its own!

With thanks to today's contributors, there's a suggestion that this image may date from the latter half of the catalogue range - possibly early 20th rather than late 19th century. If so, those pictured at the Post Office door may be members of the McSparron family, who were running it at the time of the 1901 and later 1911 census....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06575

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    derangedlemur

    • 06/May/2016 07:20:11

    Wot, no headless engineman?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/May/2016 07:33:31

    09:00

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    derangedlemur

    • 06/May/2016 07:35:46

    Stands the church clock at ten to three, Does no one wind the bloody thing but me?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/May/2016 07:35:46

    The headless one was 16:43 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9464854780/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/May/2016 07:57:31

    Thanks to megazoom™, the sign on the bridge reads ...

    CARNLOUGH RAILWAY AND HARBOUR PROJECTED AND COMMENCED BY CHARLES WILLIAM VANE MARQUIS OF LONDONDERRY -- 1853 -- FINISHED BY FRANCES ANNE VANE MARCHIONESS OF LONDONDERRY -- 1854 --

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    Vab2009

    • 06/May/2016 08:02:54

    Cracking images of a gorgeous wee spot. Just been reading all the history on the image from 3 years ago. Love this wee place with its limestone harbour.

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    DannyM8

    • 06/May/2016 08:05:55

    There is half a dog half way up the street.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/May/2016 08:21:29

    Look what ended up at this Carnlough Post Office in 1917 !!

    18,000 Miles for 1d. THIS is what the British Post Office did for a penny in order to deliver a letter to a soldier:— Sent it first to the Topographical Section, R.E.. East Africa. Forwarded it to Dodoma. 100 miles inland. Transmitted it to the Military Hospital, Capetown. Sent, it back to home address. Forwarded it to a camp in England. Returned it home again. Delivered it at Carnlough, Antrim. The letter, posted in January, was received in August, and it is estimated that it has journeyed 18,000 miles. Back and front, the envelope is covered with addresses.
    trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130589521

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    sharon.corbet

    • 06/May/2016 08:30:01

    In both 1901 and 1911, John McSparrow McSparron was the postmaster at Carnlough. (Assisted at least in 1901 by his daughter, Mary.)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/May/2016 09:23:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Streetview says that A. McSparron was running a Funeral Home here in 2011.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/May/2016 09:27:11

    Sadly illegible posters under the bridge...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/May/2016 09:30:12

    Beyond the bridge, the man sat on the bench is wearing a boater - so I'll guess 1905. Does the sign above him say Temperance restaurant?

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    derangedlemur

    • 06/May/2016 09:42:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Seems to: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/26243373243/in/dateposted/

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    Swordscookie

    • 06/May/2016 10:19:21

    Somehow without the headless train driver it just doesn't have the same appeal??

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    DannyM8

    • 06/May/2016 10:55:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie I strongly disagree - there is not even a quarter of a dog in the other one......

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/May/2016 22:38:31

    Thanks all. If this image was taken around or between the 1901 and 1911 censuses, it seems reasonable to think that those pictured at the Post Office door include Mary McSparron and number of her younger siblings.

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    guliolopez

    • 06/May/2016 22:47:49

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] There seems to be three McSparron undertakers in the area now: J(ohn)?, Ambrose and Michael. The latter seemingly the "singing undertaker from Carnlough". According to Ambrose's website "following in the footsteps of his parents - John and Mary - [...] based in Carnlough, Co. Antrim, where the family have been in the undertaking business since 1927". Seems likely to be a family connection and diversification from the post-office business in the decades after this image...

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    O Mac

    • 07/May/2016 09:05:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I think you are right and we could safely speculate that we are looking at the McSparron family at the post office with Anna, Bridget and Sara at the near door and Mary and John at the other. Anna is not in the 1901 census but was 20 and two years younger than Bridget in 1911... ie 10 in 1901, If it is them they look a bit younger here which would put date slightly pre 1901. W.L. and Co. was in Carnlough at least 3 times. The above photograph was taken after L_CAB_02172 ( no telephone/telegraph connection) and before L_ROY_06573 where there is a new building and stairs across the road. The roof of this building can be seen in the headless engine driver shot putting it later than the above.

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    silverio10

    • 08/May/2016 18:37:20

    Muy buenas fotos antiguas .

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/May/2016 21:12:05

    Attn Flickroonies - *** N O T E S *** Get your Flickr NOTES feature back and write new notes ... www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard/22866557834 www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard/24678607824 Then you will be able to see what I have scribbled on this photo!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2016 08:18:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Nice!