The New Linen Factory Houses of 1864
Compiled by Ken Austin

Black's Court

Between 1856 and 1864, Lurgan was booming, the Linen industry was at its height and was the biggest employer in the town. People from all across Britain were drawn to the town because of the high quality of its Cambrics. Many who came from the Linen areas around Edinburgh, were destined to return within two decades. Naturally these new workers needed housing and new streets sprang up all over the town. Nearly 500 houses were constructed in that 8 year period mainly for working families involved in Factory-Linen production. Many factory-built houses, such as Johnston's Row, Watson's Row and Factory Lane were built at this time and the quality of the houses was above average offering the residents a higher standard of living, whilst providing the constant reminder that families were expected to have allegiance to the factory who supplied the house and any infractions could result in losing your job and your home. There was a waiting list for accommodation. Every available space off of the main thoroughfares, were built upon and the Court's and Row's sprang up all across the town, like Black's Court in the photo above.

Below is a list of residents living in those new houses in 1864.

Armstrong Court (Off William Street)
Burns, Edward: House.
Burns, Ellen: House.
Campbell, John: House.
Carlile, James S.
Daly, William: House and yard.
Hart, John
Henderson, Thomas: House and yard.
McGuinness, John: House.

Blacks Court (Off Church Place)
Black, John: House, office and small garden.
Browne, Margaret: House.
Browne, Robert: House.
Burns, Hugh: House.
Burns, John: Small Garden (valued with 54 Church Place).
Cooper, John: House and small garden.
Coulter, Richard: House and small garden.
Cranston, Margaret: House and small garden.
Derry, Patrick: House and small garden.
Donnelly, William: House.
Duff, James: House and small garden.
Faulkner, John: House and small garden.
Geraghty, John: House and small garden.
Gillian, John: House and small garden.
Heuston, Lewis: House and small garden.
Hughes, John: House and small garden.
Kelly, Henry: House and small garden.
Maxwell, Margaret: House.
McCabe, James: House and small garden.
McCourt, Moses: House and small garden.
McDowell, Robert: Small Garden (valued with 55 Church Place).
McDowell, Susan: House.
McKeaveney, Thomas: House and small garden.
McKernan, Hugh: House and small garden.
McLoughlin, Hannah: House.
McMullan, Mary: House and small garden.
Meehan, John: House and small garden.
Mulholland, Margaret: House and small garden.
Phelan, Margaret: House.
Rankin, Patty: House and small garden.
Terry, Richard: House and small garden.
Thompson, Elizabeth: House and small garden.
Tolon, John: House and small garden.
Willis, John: House and small garden.

Blaneys Court
Cosgrave, Judith Rose: House (lower story).
Keenan, Catherine: House (lower story).
Russell, Joseph: House

Burns Court (Off North street)
Carr, Mary: House.
Cunningham, John: Garden.
Cunningham, Neill: House.
Neill, Joseph: House.
Savage, Anne: House.
Shanks, Robert: House.
Traynor, Thomas: House.

Campbells Court (Off High Street)
Best, Arthur: House.
Best, John: House.
Cassidy, William: House (lower story).
McKenna, Neal: House.
McVeigh, Bernard: House.
Mulholland, Alice: House.
Ruddell, John: House.
Sayers, Elizabeth: House (upper story).
Sewell, William: House.
Sullivan, Andrew: House.
Walsh, Mary: House.

Clendinings Court (Off Queen Street)
Boyle, John: House.
Browne, William: House.
Fanning, William: House.
Flack, Ellen: House.
McClernon, Margaret: House.

Cowans Row (Off Charles Street)
Marshall, James: House.
McMurray, Grace: House.
Pritchard, Jonathan: House.
Quinn, Henry: House.
Whaley, Eliza Jane: House.

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