63 Main Street

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The   1837/38 Townland Valuation lists a Thomas Sinclair as resident here. His   sister had married John Hyde Cardwell who owned the hotel in the village and   it is believed he eventually went to Manchester as a missionary. John Hardy,   the local magistrate, died in 1852 and it is confirmed in a Portadown   Business directory for 1852 that William Moore Miller, a magistrate who still   lived here around 1860, had taken over his position. The local Presbyterian   minister Rev. W. Smith lived here for a short time around 1880 followed by   Thomas Lonsdale, Arthur Brooke, a land agent and then in 1919 Isaac Allen, a   retired land agent. When Rev. W. B. Stack took up position as local rector in   1920, he had reservations about living in the rectory so was offered this house.   In December 1952, it was reported as far away as Australia, in the Adelaide   Advertiser, that Loughgall was farming silkworms to produce silk for the   royal velvet in the Queen’s Coronation Robe. This was all brought about by a   doctor’s widow, Mrs Nina Patrick, while living here. The worms, which were   farmed in the cellars of the house, fed on mulberry bushes. Joe Smyth, a   local postman, played his part by tending her mulberry bushes and looking   after the lamps in the cellar as well as looking out for more bushes on his   rounds. Other residents, since the early 1960s, include a retired army   colonel who had been imprisoned by the Japanese during the war, a business   man, a retired headmaster from Belfast who had also been imprisoned by the   Japanese and had written a book on his experiences, a police inspector, a   wine merchant and now a doctor and her family. The yew hedge surrounding the   house is over 100 years old, not surprising in that a yew can live for 4000   years. Amazing!
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