Building Newry & Mourne

Repairs to Shop Front on North Street for T.P. Ledlie & Co Ltd

This illustrated architectural drawing shows elevation and detail of proposed repairs to the shop front at North Street, Newry, County Down for Messrs T. P. Ledlie and Company Limited.

The drawings show a building of considerable proportions, with a wide, well glazed shop front, panel doors and extensive use of neatly proportioned Georgian style sash windows. It was drawn in May 1955 by Gerald Wilson Reside, using black and light blue ink. The light blue colour infill represents the portion of the front wall area that requires re-plastering.

Repairs to Shop Front on North Street for T.P. Ledlie & Co Ltd

Repairs to Shop Front on North Street for T.P. Ledlie & Co Ltd

The firm is listed in the 1960 Newry Street Directory as 'Drapers and General Merchants' with premises at North Street Lower. Earlier street directories from the late 1800s also mention Thomas P. Ledlie and Company, drapers, located in Sugar Island, Newry, County Down. An entry in the 1905 Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory indicates that the firm had moved from the Sugar Island district to North Street by the start of the twentieth century.

Indicative of its antiquity, the area where modern day North Street stands can be identified on a map of c.1570, annotated 'The way to Tyron[e]'. The map also shows Bagenal's Castle and surrounding settlements in Newry.

By the middle of the eighteenth century, the street was know as Dirty Lane and it is clearly identified on a John Rocque map of Newry from 1760. In spite of this somewhat disparaging name, most of its inhabitants were drawn from the merchant and trading class.

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