Portadown Town Trail

Craigavon Historical Society, with generous assistance from Craigavon Museum and Craigavon Borough Council, has produced a town trail for Portadown. This A5 sized booklets is 24 pages long, and available at the cost of £1.00 inclusive of postage and packing or they can be obtained from the Philip Wilson Memorial Library, Craigavon Museum Services, Waterside House, Oxford Island, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ or the Millennium Centre, William Street, Portadown.

As well as illustrating many of the fine buildings in each of the towns, the trails give information on their development and some of the characters associated with the towns.

Special rates are available for schools and for larger orders. Contact the Hon. Secretary for details or email to craigavonhs@btconnect.com

Extracts from the Portadown Town Trail are reproduced below:

Thomas Street Methodist Church - The building's rendered facade has a portico whose four columns have composite capitals and pilasters behind; the pediment above and the caves have heavy console brackets. Inside there is an oval gallery resting on 14 ornamental cast iron pillars, with an ornate and colourful compartmented plasterwork ceiling by Wyatt of Dublin. Adjoining the church to the left are two rendered manses for ministers, also built in 1860, Nos. 33 and 35 Thomas Street.

A few steps past the manses will take you to the older church which this one replaced: a pretty little building at the bend in the street.

Old Methodist Church - From across the street you can see the datestone which shows the old church was erected in 1832. It is a two-storey blackstone building (right), with plain stone dressings at the corners and round the doors and windows, which have arched glazing bars. The basement (lit by windows at ground-level along the sides) housed a large school-room and smaller meeting rooms. To the left is a three-storey brick dwelling house for the superintendent minister, with two small rooms on each floor.

Both buildings were sold after the church moved to its larger premises in 1860; they have since been in use as offices for a wholesale grocery firm. This church was in turn preceeded by an older, smaller one: the first Methodist Church, built in 1802 in Church Lane, was the town's first formal church of any kind.

Now turn back along Thomas Street, noting as you go some more of the old blackstone warehouse/factory buildings on your left, and turn sharp right at the corner into William Street

St. Patrick's Church - This simple blackstone church was built in 1835, with a pinnacled tower and transepts added in 1861. Inside, extensive alterations to the sanctuary were carried out in 1982-3 following the Second Vatican Council.

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