Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Vol 12: County Down III, 1833-38

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The Memoirs are a uniquely detailed source for the history of the northern half of Ireland immediately before the Great Famine. They were written in the 1830s to accompany the 6" Ordnance Survey maps, but with one exception were not published at the time. In this new edition they act as a nineteenth-century Domesday book and are essential to the understanding of the cultural heritage of our communities. The Memoirs document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, employment and livelihood of the parishes.

Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Vol 12: County Down III, 1833-38 contains the Memoirs for 15 parishes in mid-Down and describes the important towns of Banbridge, Dromore, Gilford, Hillsborough, part of Lisburn, Loughbrickland and Moira. They depict the importance of the linen industry, increasing industrialisation and improved communications for local communities, as well as providing valuable information on the main buildings and monuments of the period. This material provides a unique insight into life in this area over 150 years ago.

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