Northern Ireland Snapshots | Local history and famous landmarks in the 1940s, 50s and 60s

Roving Reporter | Bessbrook Loo

New amenities bring relief to Bessbrook.

CHANNEL | BBC Northern Ireland

FIRST BROADCAST | circa 1960

DURATION | 2 minutes 22 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1960

Synopsis

James Boyce reports from this pretty Quaker village on the opening of new public toilets. The amenities are built on the site of the old fountain in the town square.

Did you know?

John Grubb Richardson established the modern Bessbrook in 1845 as a model village based on Quaker ideals. The selling of alcohol was prohibited and amenities such as schools, a dispensary and a community centre were provided for the workers in his linen mill. This village was the inspiration for later examples built by Cadbury at Bournville and Rowntree's at New Earswick.

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