Newry was always a ‘border’ town – at first as a monastic settlement ….
… then under Bagenal on the border of the Gaelic chieftains’ territory. Thereafter it was on the border of the English Pale – and in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, on the border with the Irish Free State/Republic. In every instance it was able to exact taxes – or customs – from its hinterland, its imports and exports.
As a consequence there were over time a variety of Customs buildings in different locations. Some reflect the different modes of transport over time.
The oldest of living memory was the large Customs House on