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  • The Richardson Family
    Can you help find the Richardson family papers?

    The Richardson family were the landlords of Richhill from the seventeenth to the late nineteenth century. The last of the line, Mrs. Louisa Bacon, died in 1881. It is thought that the family papers then passed to a kinsman, Mr French, of Ballybay. When the house belonging to his family was burned down in 1925 the Richardson papers are thought to have been destroyed. The only autograph papers for members of the Richardson family are contained in the records of other families, for example the Achesons of Gosford. However, there is no positive proof that the family papers have been destroyed, so if anyone knows where they may be found, please contact the editor.

  • W/C Towell and the Chimney
    As a teenager, Wing Commander Stanley Towell, DFC made a daring climb up the Fruitfield Factory tower.

    Wing Commander Stanley Towell was born in Richhill in 1917. During the Second World War he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service with 159 Squadron in the Middle East, North Africa and India.

    Aged 16, Stanley was dared by his friends to climb the huge chimney at the Fruitfield Jam Factory. Despite a fear of heights, which was surprising given his future career, Stanley ascended to the top and carved his name on a brick at the topmost point. Presumably, it is still there!

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  • Pictures from Book Launch at the 2018 Richhill Apple Fayre
    See some of the people who have ancestors mentioned in 'Richhill - A Portrait of an Ulster Village'.
    Click on the pictures to see a larger version.
  • Servicemen's Stories
    Do you know the story of these Richill servicemen?

    The following names appear on the Richhill War Memorial but the author of the History of Richhill has not been able to find the details of their stories. If you can help, please make contact.

    John H Farquhar
    Joseph Hewitt
    Edward Kelly
    Robert McCann
    John Revels
    David Woods

  • Jacob Best
    Jacob Best's Cricket Bat

    'Richhill - A Portrait of an Ulster Village' contains a reference to Jacob Best winning a prize for the highest score for the village team in the 1892 season. Barry Flannigan has that prize; a 126 year-old cricket bat, pictured below.

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    Picture: Barry Flannigan
  • Corrections
    Corrections and amendments to the book 'Richhill - A Portrait of an Ulster Village'

    Many apologies for the errors listed below:

    The letter referenced on Page 289 was written by Lieutenant Thomas Crosbie, MC and bar.

    The station master at Richhill at the time of the last train to Portadown (page 307) was Mr William McDonald.

  • Richhill Fair
    A picture of Richhill Fair from around 1910