160 Years of Change

John Evan Boot and Shoe Maker

John Evan Boot and Shoe Maker

Map c1850 showing Post Office at this corner

Map c1850 showing Post Office at this corner

The   site on which this modern bungalow is built was a completely different scene   in the mid 1800s and early 1900s when there were at least three separate   dwellings here, all thatched. This photograph shows Mrs Evans outside one of   them, her husband’s boot and shoemaker store, with Eddie McVey, a neighbour,   around 1915. The Post Office Guide by J W Lettis in 1851 lists a post office   in Loughgall and, as is shown on a map dated ca1850, it was located at this   corner. A Postmaster’s salary in 1841 was recorded as £18 9s 4d. Other   records show that the first Post Office in the village was established in   1811, and that William Addy was postmaster in 1841. Letters would arrive from   Armagh every morning at 7.00am and would be dispatched at 5.15pm. In the   1837/38 Town Valuations, William Addy is recorded at a property further down   the village beside the forge so it may be assumed that he moved here in the   intervening period. This beautiful mini needlepoint of the bungalow was done   by the current owner’s sister. Both ladies, born around 1920, were daughters   of George Marshall, the local estate carpenter and were born and brought up   in Loughgall.
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