Orange Hall and Caretaker’s Residence

1930s Street scene showing Orange Hall and Sherwood's Row

1930s Street scene showing Orange Hall and Sherwood’s Row

Womens LOL 135 C1940

Womens LOL 135 C1940

The   1837/38 Townland Valuation record a John Kimlin and a John Hepburn living in   two houses on this site. John Hepburn is recorded as having a forge at that   time. Richard Cherry, who was a successful building contractor in the Armagh   area during the 1860s, lived and ran his business from where the Orange Hall   and adjacent house now sit. Some of his major contracts included the   enlargement of Armagh Gaol (1845), Annaghmore Parish Church (1859), the   addition of transepts to form a T Plan in Loughgall Church (mid 1860s) and   Drumcairn flax spinning mill on the left as you leave Armagh for Loughgall   (1865). The family eventually moved to Belfast around 1890. In the early   1900s, the Cope family donated the two former attached houses to ‘the   Orangemen of Loughgall’ to create an Orange Hall. The house on the right was   retained in its original state as a caretaker’s residence while the larger   one on the left was redesigned and opened as Loughgall District Orange Hall   on November 5, 1907. The only Lodges that still meet in the District Hall   today are Loughgall Temperance LOL 64, one of the earliest Orange Lodges   formed after the Battle of the Diamond, and Loughgall Women’s LOL 135 formed   on 16th March 1935. WLOL 135’s first Worshipful Mistress was Mrs Ruth Dawson   (née Lemon) the local GP. This photograph of WLOL No. 135 was taken around   the mid 1940s. During the 1930s & 40s the Halligan family, including 11   children, lived in the two-bedroomed caretaker’s house with some of the   children using the large upstairs landing as a bedroom. This old photograph   taken in the 1930s shows three of the Halligan children on the left side of   the street. Years later, one of the little girls, Veida, married the little   boy, Bobbie Grafton, seen at the driver’s side of the car across the road.   The other two boys at the car are John Briggs (who, when Head Constable in   Belleek, received the B.E.M for services rendered) and Dickie Grafton. All   three boys lived in Sherwood’s Row. Incidentally the car was a Jowett Long   Four Tourer. The former caretakers residence, cast iron railings, gates and   interestingly the cast iron seat are all listed. The database describes the   doorcase as ‘elliptically plastered’
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