Borough Supplement Saturday, 27 June, 1964
At a meeting of Lisburn Town Commissioners on March 3, 1862, it was
proposed by Mr. McCall, seconded by Mr. Jefferson and carried-that hand
bills be printed and posted to prevent soda water carts and other cars
etc. driving furiously through the streets.
Workhouse for 77 Years
In 1841 Lisburn Workhouse was opened for the reception of paupers. It was
closed as a workhouse in 1918 and the inmates transferred to Lurgan Union.
Messrs. William Brownlow and Company opened a bank in Lisburn in 1804, but
apparently closed it almost immediately afterwards and recommenced
business in Lurgan.
John Pennington was acting clerk to the Lisburn Town Commissioners in
1853. His salary was £20 per annum.
Early Theatre Even in the early 19th century Lis-bury was not without its
drama. In 1804 Robert Owensons' Theatrical Company gave performances
at a theatre improvised out of a large hayloft in Bow Street,
situated at the rear of Mr. Stewart's house.
Mr. Richard Young was appointed clerk of the Town Commissioners on
February 4, 1889 in succession to Mr. James Wilson, deceased.
Rector's Row In 1687 the Rev. Silvanius Haslam, rector of the parish, built a
row of cottages which street still bears his name—Haslam's Lane.
A MESSAGE from
the Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman James Howard to inaugurate the
Civic Week celebrations:-
Lisburn is known and respected in many parts of the world
to-day because of services rendered in the past by her sons
and daughters to Monarch and country, economic development and
in the realm of sport. But if we are to continue to develop
and keep pace with our neighbouring Municipal Authorities, who
are combining to make this Province one of the finest in the
United Kingdom, then we must look to the future.
In accepting this challenge of the future, I do so with
confidence in the name of the youth of Lisburn,
impressing upon them that it is their duty to avail themselves
of every educational facility offered in order that they may
rise to the top in the profession of their choice.
Let civic pride and devotion to duty and others, before self,
be placed high on your list of priorities, for by so doing you
will be assuring that the Lisburn of the future will surpass
anything we have known in the past.
His Excellency the Governor of Northern
Ireland The Lord Wakehurst, K.G., K.C. M.G.
I am very glad to join in celebrating the granting of a
Charter to the Borough of Lisburn and send my best wishes for
its future development and prosperity.
In extending my best wishes to Lisburn on attaining Borough
status, I would like to congratulate the community on its
initiative in organising a Civic Week to mark this very
Lisburn has been an important centre since the early 17th
century. It played a leading role in the growth and
development of linen manufacture and in its Huguenot graveyard
is the tomb of Louis Crommelin, who brought the first stages
of automation to the industry.
Lisburn is still famous for its linen but several fine new
industries including two American concerns are also adding to
the prosperity of the community. Lisburn is also a busy market
town serving the rich farming area of the Lagan Valley.
I am confident that Lisburn's, progressiveness will be
maintained and I sincerely hope that even greater prosperity
will be achieved in the future.
I congratulate the " Ulster Star " on this supplement. Our
provincial newspapers have contributed in no small way to the
development of civic pride. Their independence and high
standards constitute one of our greatest assets.
MESSAGE FROM SIR
KNOX CUNNINGHAM, B.L., Q.C., M.P. FOR
SOUTH ANTRIM AT WESTMINSTER
SALUTE the Borough of Lisburn. It gives me great
pleasure to have this opportunity to express greetings
and good wishes to my constituents, the citizens of the
new Borough. May they and their Mayor. Aldermen and
Councillors work together with energy and vision for the
future of the community.
You have a tradition of great men in history, for names
such as the Duke of Schomberg and Bishop Jeremy Taylor
were well known in the Lisburn of their day. But Lisburn
does not live in the past and the citizens are wise to
busy themselves in the present and look to the future. I
am impressed by the new houses which are appearing, by
your established factories, and the new works which are
coming to the area; by your hospitals and schools and
the care that is being taken of old folk and children
who have started life with a handicap. These are true
signs of a busy, healthy and energetic community. What
of the future? The initiative, ability and hard work of
the Lisburn people will ensure a future expansion in the
area and the continuing existence of a thriving,
McCONNELL, M.P., PARLIAMENTARY
SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The grant of a Charter is another important step forward
in the progress of the town of Lisburn. Our town has over
the years established a reputation as a prosperous and
efficient business place
and the quality of our workpeople has made us not only one
of the chief and oldest centres of the linen trade but has
attracted many industries besides. Although we are within
easy reach of the capital city of Northern Ireland we are
proud of our separate entity and this is now emphasised by
our Borough status.
The town has had a distinguished history and can look
forward to a progressive future under a conscientious and
experienced Borough Council. I offer my congratulations to
those who have been elected Alderman and Councillors and
wish them every success in the satisfying task of working
for the people of Lisburn. Indeed, I have been most happy
representing at Stormont a community in which the people
work so well together and have a friendliness which makes
it so easy to work for them.
The Government has plans for the development and
modernization of Northern Ireland and in these our town
will share to the full. The fact that the Council is
looking ahead and anxious to co-operate with the
Government in planning for the future is shown by the
imagination and practical approach to the new plan for the
town centre produced by Mr. Bell. The Council also have
plans for building many more houses which are needed by
our townspepole and for redevelopment of the old areas to
provide better conditions and amenities for the people who
live in them. The Council is also well known for the ready
assistance which it gives to industrialists who wish to
set up new factories.
I am happy to have had the pleasure in the past of working
with the members of the Urban District Council and I look
forward to co-operating in the future with the members of
the new Borough Council in a common effort to create a
finer and more prosperous town with more houses, more
factories and more amenities, so that we may become the
foremost Borough in Northern Ireland.
MAYOR of our Capital City it gives me great pleasure
to send warmest greetings to the First Citizen and the
people of Lisburn.
We in Belfast are delighted that this prosperous town,
which has such close links with the city, has now been
granted Borough status.
I sincerely hope, that the Borough of Lisburn may long
continue to flourish and that a progressive Council may
plan wisely for the welfare of the people. WILLIAM JENKINS
Lord Mayor of Belfast
IT GIVES me
the greatest pleasure as
Mayor of Londonderry to send my warmest
congratulations to the new Borough of Lisburn.
I know that all the citizens of the ancient city of
Londonderry will join me in these congratulations, and
in wishing the new Borough every success and all
prosperity in the future.
I am sure that the new Borough will add lustre and
distinction to the civic life of the Province. A. W. ANDERSON,
Mayor of Londonderry
ON BEHALF of
the citizens of Bangor I convey congratulations and
good wishes to the first Mayor and Borough Council and
the People of Lisburn on this special occasion in the
history of the town. You will have the honour of being
the first Mayor of Northern Ireland's tenth Borough and
I feel sure that the ceremonies which will mark the
beginning of the Borough Council's activities will focus
the attention of all residents on the affairs of the
town and will give them a fresh sense of civic pride.
I wish you and the people of Lisburn all success and
prosperity in the new status which you now enjoy. C. F. M. MILLIGAN,
Mayor of Bangor
I gives me
pleasure, on behalf of theBorough Council of Carrickfergus, to convey
warmest congratulations to Lisburn, on attaining Borough
Status. This progressive step should lead to the
continued and growing prosperity in a town that has
played an important part in the economy of Northern
Ireland. We in Carrickfergus appreciate the happy
relations that existed between our respective Councils
over the years. On this happy occasion my Council
colleagues and officials join me in sending our profound
good wishes that the new Borough of Lisburn will march
forward from strength to strength, bringing in fullest
measure prosperity and happiness. T. J. PATTERSON,
Mayor of Carrickfergus.
IN the name
of the Borough of Lurgan I extend to the Mayor,
Aldermen and Burgesses of Lisburn cordial greetings and
good wishes for the future prosperity of their Borough.
I personally am very pleased to see Lisburn advance to
Borough Status as it is an indication of a
forward-looking local authority. If social and economic
progress in any area is to be maintained the fountain of
it must be a virile and active local government and that
body will invariably be found to demand respect for its
own standing, not just out of pride, but from a healthy
self-respect. R. J. MITCHELL
Mayor of Lurgan.
MAY I on
behalf of the Borough of Enniskillen send our
sincerest greetings and congratulations to Lisburn on
becoming the 12th Borough in Northern Ireland,
Enniskillen has many close links- personal and
commercial-with your Borough. Your town has always been
a leader in progressive ideas and with your enhanced
status will continue in the advancement of
our Province. W. F. BRYSON,
Mayor of Enniskillen.
AS Mayor of the Borough of Newtownards it gives me great
pleasure on behalf of the Council and people of the town
to welcome Lisburn into the group of Ulster Boroughs. I
congratulate Alderman James Howard on being elected
first Mayor and it is my sincere hope that he may enjoy
a very happy term in that office.
I send the Borough of Lisburn every good wish for its
future prosperity; may its progress be maintained over
the years that lie ahead. JOHN ALGIE
Mayor of Newtownards.
"MY I BE
permitted to add, on my own behalf, and for the people
Ballymena, congratulations to the Borough of
Lisburn on attaining Borough Status, and to express the
hope that Lisburn may continue to progress." JAMES D. HENRY,
Mayor of Ballymena
ON behalf of
the people of Larne I have great pleasure in
conveying to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of
Lisburn sincere congratulations on attaining Borough
I hope that the granting of the Charter will mark the
beginning of a new era of prosperity and successful
administration in Lisburn.
Larne has just had a Silver Jubilee Festival to
commemorate the inaugural meeting of the Borough Council
and I feel sure that the ancient town of Lisburn will
for many years to come, grace the ranks of those towns
in the Province which have been granted the dignity of
I hope that the current Civic Week will be a great
success and I know that the special supplement of the
Ulster Star will be of interest not only in Lisburn but
in many towns throughout the Province. J. W. SANDFORD,
Mayor of Larne.
AS Mayor of
Portadown I gladly send this message of greetings
and good wishes to the Mayor, Aldermen, Councillors and
people of Lisburn on the occasion of the town being
granted the dignity of a borough. Lisburn has for a long
time been recognised as one of the leading and most
progressive towns in Northern Ireland. As a textile
centre its name and fame have spread far beyond the
shores of our Province and in these changing industrial
times many new industries have made their home in
Lisburn and the surrounding area.
I trust that the granting of Borough Status will be the
beginning of a new era of progress and prosperity, and
my fellow townspeople join me in fraternal greetings to
Lisburn at this very happy time. CHARLES COOPER,
Mayor of Portadown.
ON my own
behalf and on behalf of the people of the
Borough of Coleraine I am delighted to express
our congratulations to Lisburn on having been granted
Borough. Status and to wish its people an even greater
prosperity than they have enjoyed in the past.
Lisburn has always been in the forefront of local
government in Northern Ireland and has set an example to
all local authorities in not confining its efforts to
the good of Lisburn alone, but for the benefit of the
people of the Province as a whole and may this long
It is indeed fitting that a Civic Week should be held to
mark the occasion, and we here in Coleraine wish it
every success and also offer the Mayor and his Aldermen
and Councillors our best wishes for the advancement of
their Borough during their respective periods of office. J. HENRY,
Mayor of Coleraine.