Hello to all in Larne.
My name is John McCrea and I live here in the UK. My father
came from Larne but moved to Essex many years ago, sadly
passed away in 1997. He still has a brother and sister who
still both live there.
I am currently researching my family history and the name
McCrea. I would like to ask if anybody can help
me with a few things. I am trying to find census records
for the Larne area.
My GG grandfather Andrew McCrea married Mary Leith and
at the time lived in Kilwaughter. They had two sons (maybe
more) John & Samuel. On one of his sons marriage certificate
(John) his address was 1 Fair hill Larne. Can anybody tell
me if this was just a small terrace of houses off of a main
road? - What it is now? as I can't find the fair hill address
listed on any census records.
The same question about Queens Street Larne. One of my
Great uncles has told me that when he and his brothers and
sister were growing up in that street it was known to them
as "flood row". Can anybody tell me what is there
Also trying to trace Wilfred McCrea I think he is known
as "China" around the Larne area.
I will be glad of any help, my email address is pallie
Winston Bradley - Apr '07
Would like to be able to contact Elise Snoddy Klug
who commented on your fine pages back in De.2005. I have
info on her possible TURKINGTON ancestors in Belfast.Unfortunately
her email has changed since we last "talked "
Isaac Yendall - Nov '06
1:Fair hill is an area at the junction of the "Roddens
Pound street and Victoria road" The Name Fair hill
came about because there used to be a hiring fair held every
June.This was for the local farmers to hire labour for the
2:Queen street was located by a lane running off the Bank
road.At the bottom of the lane you had to turn right.half
way down there was another terrace of houses I do not remember
what it was called.In front of Queen street there where
steam engine sheds and shunting sidings.That is all I can
remember of Queen street as I Used to visit my granny there
when I was about six.
Hope this helps
John - Nov '06
Queen Street was out the Bank Road. To get to it you went
to the pillar box and turned down the entry towards the
railway. My aunt lived there.
Noel Rogan - Sep '06
1 Fairhill probably refers to a small row of terraced houses
backing onto the town hall and main street. The location
fronts onto a carpark and has been the subject of legal
debate regarding the residents parking their vehicles outside
their home, as the car park is pay and display. The fairhill
is located on the Victoria Road opposite the junction for
Roddens. It has an excellent chinese restaurant on site.
This car park historically has been the favoured area for
youth to park up and show their cars and chat.
Queen Street, I am not so sure. I tend to think that it
may be Quay Street. This small road of the Main Street would
have in the past been located near the sea edge and thus
would have teneded to flood. Much of the land is now reclaimed
and the waters edge is quite some distance over major roads
and harbour buildings,
Felix McKillo, a local retired teacher and author has an
excellent book out relating to the history of Larne. All
of these questions would be answered.
John - Fairhill is in Central Ward.
Glen Brown - April '06
I have forwarded to you an email received today from LK
, the content will aid you.
John McCrea - Feb '06
"Larne 1911 census" :
Hello to all in Larne, yes it's me again!! I would like
to know if anybody can help me with some information on
the 1911 Larne census.
Very near the main street, there is a small terrace of houses
named "Fair Hill" I have been told by my relatives
there, and many other people from the web that they still
My problem is, I cant seem to find out what "Townland
- or Ward" these houses came under for a census search.
Can anybody help?
Glen Brown - Jan '06
The local Campbell Family still in this rapidly changing
world still continue their Doorstep deliveries of milk to
their customers in Larne. When I lived with my late parents
in Larne 1954-69, a reliable milkman delivered our doorstep
'pinta' milk from Wilsons farm(?) for many years was called
WILSON. I regret that I am unable to add anything further
at this moment in time. However, during my next visit to
Larne I will enquire.
Happy New Year.
Elise Snoddy Klug - Dec '05
My father, Wilson Snoddy, was born in Belfast, but his original
family home was Larne. His father was Henry Snoddy, son
of Patrick, who married Mary Jane Wilson, and supposedly
the Wilson's had a farm there. When my daughter and I visited
about 4 years ago, we were shown (from a distance because
of Mad Cow disease) one of the Wilson farms. Hope to get
back again sometime to do more research as am no longer
in touch with any of the Irish Snoddys.
And am having a great time reading all these articles. Thanks
so mluch for putting them on the net.
Glen Brown - Dec '05
I passed on your request to Liam Kelly. Liam has been able
to help. I know he has sent you a comprehensive reply and
additional information direct to your email address given.
Many thanks to Liam.
Glen Brown, Edinburgh