NEW book by a local author is literally giving people the chance
to stroll down memory lane.
'All around Lambeg' by Gilbert
Watson is organised as a set of 12 historical walks around and
about the neighbourhood of the village.
And it can equally be enjoyed as an 'armchair walk' when the
mind's eye can be stirred by one of the many nostalgic
photographs and affectionate anecdotes.
The five townlands which make up Lambeg are straddled by
road, river, canal and railway and in their modern haste
commuters or travellers may have lost sight of the rich and
varied local history still visible in the landscape.
The walks, with their easy pace and sound historical
commentaries, take readers back to gentler times and also
provide a means of understanding the huge significance of this
area in the development and prosperity of the linen industry of
Ulster since the early 18th century.
The book also reveals much about the lives and
times of ordinary people as well as the families in the 'Big
The walk along Belsize Road provides an
opportunity to see the old photograph of Lisnagarvey House in
its place opposite Harmony Hill. It was built in the 1840s for
the young Quaker widow Sarah Richardson of Glenmore.
Her nephew recalled her fondly as 'the only
person in authority over me whom I never remember to have
disobeyed, and who never, as far as I recollect, directly
ordered me to do, or not to do, anything'.
In a cottage on Harmony Hill itself lived
William Moore, a wheelwright at Glenmore Bleach Works, owned by
the Richardsons, who was also an inventor of handy mechanical
appliances such as a butter making machine.
Helping to launch the book, the Mayorof Lisburn
Councillor Ronnie Crawford, said it made a major contribution to
our understanding of the local history of Hilden, Conway and
Seymour Hill as well as the wider Lambeg and Lisburn area.
All Around Lambeg' is funded in part by Lisburn
Arts Advisory Committee and Lisburn City Council and is
published by Colourpoint Books at £15. It is available from the
shop at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum as well as the
Lisburn branches of Easons and Waterstones.