On one wall inside the Chinese Restaurant in
It may raise a smile – but on reflection, one wonders at the Dean’s interpretation of ‘outskirts’, it being then as now, some 38-40 miles distant from us.
Bessbrook however, is the largest village nearest to Newry. I remember more than once, in
Then we may happily bask in the delightful little ‘
‘Bessbrook is a large manufacturing village, the population of which is about 4,000 – the same number as are employed in Mr Richardson’s linen manufacturing enterprises there.
It is situate (sic) in a beautiful and well-watered valley convenient to the
The village is the property of Mr John Grubb Richardson Esq., who has spared no expense or trouble to make it ‘the model town’. In this he has received the heartiest support from other members of the firm.
The place has certain peculiarities. First it is without a public house, a feature endorsed by six to one of householders in a recent poll. It is also without a pawnbrokers, and a police barrack, these not being required.
Bessbrook is remarkable for its yarn and linen manufactories, a process from flax-growing to the finished product – be it family linen, a pocket handkerchief of a table cloth – carried on locally. The firm’s huckabacks, towelling, fronting linens, drills, diapers and d
The company have also extensive quarries where the beautiful blue and grey granite is hewn out, dressed and polished for different markets. It is now extensively used in
The religious denominations are well represented. A fine structure is that belonging to the
The village has a medical dispensary, a news-room, and a lending library. In the winter months the news-room is well-patronised as is the library, which latter contains a careful selection of elegant works and is largely used by the workpeople.
The day-school is divided into three departments – boys, girls and infants, and is run by efficient teachers.