Jackson’s Shop-No 50 Main Street

A bill from Jackson's 1940

A bill from Jackson’s 1940

Jackson's Shop c1960s

Jackson’s Shop c1960s

This   row of terraced houses is listed, and it is thought that they were built in   the early 1800s. In the 1837/38 Townland Valuations, No 50 was occupied by   the Misses Spencer whose father had left a substantial estate of both houses   and land to his family in 1806. No 50 was once one of at least four shops at   this end of the village. If you look carefully, you can see where the   original shop opening had been. In Griffith 1860s valuation a John Kincaid is   recorded as having a grocery business here. George Jackson, who already had   businesses further up the village, opened his grocer’s shop here in 1877 and   for nearly 100 years at least four generations of the family worked in the   business. Jackson’s shop, and later a Post Office, was a prominent meeting place   for villagers and parishioners over the years. Bassett in 1888 mentions that   groceries, hardware, seeds, boots, delf, etc. were merchandise supplied by   George Jackson. Jim Jackson, the last Jackson proprietor, born in 1923, and   still living in the area, recalls his father purchasing four huts for storage   (seen in this photograph) from Ballykinler Army base in the early 1920s for   £19 each. These had been used to house allied soldiers during WW1 and   internees following the 1921 uprising. The invoice shown here gives some idea   of the cost of groceries in 1913. In 1918 Lennon & Wylie record George   Jackson as a ‘grocer, post master, and agent for Belfast News Letter and   Belfast Weekly News’ In the 1927 Phone Book the telephone number for J.A.   Jackson (known locally as Bertie), was Loughgall 1. The shop was purchased by   the Reid family in 1969. When they transfered their business, in 1989, to   where the village shop is now, they converted the existing shop and living   quarters into a large family home. It was sold to the current owners in   2008.
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