62-66 Main Street


This   row of little houses appears on an 1830s map and in the 1864 Griffith   Valuation were valued around two pounds each. The tenants up until 1926   included labourers, a tailor, a stable groom, and a gardener with surnames of   Cooke, Long, Morrow, Mitchell, Callaghan, Halligan and King. The King family,   who lived in No. 62, had very strong military connections as Johnny seen here   with his medals, had served in both the Boer War and the Great War, while his   son Constable Alfred ‘Alfie’ King (later Sergeant) was awarded the British   Empire Medal in 1941 for services rendered, and another son Jack (W.J.), a   Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, was awarded an M.B.E. Joe Smyth, who lived in   No 64, was the postman who helped Mrs Patrick with the silkworms across the road.   His son Albert became a chauffeur for the Governor at Hillsborough and once   had the pleasure of conveying His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Mrs Calvin   had a little ‘house shop’ in No 66 in the mid 1900s. She mainly dealt in wool   but sweets and general groceries were also available. She was open on a   Sunday, a rarity at that time! A local lady remembers as a child going into   her shop and marvelling at all the wool set out behind the counter.
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