Does anyone have any information on the former Olivet home in Ballygowan? I have often passed by in the car and wondered about the former history of the building.
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Ivan Davidson - May '07
I remember this old building as my school in the
late 50s until the late 60s where i watched the workmen
lifting old railway sleepers along the avenue of trees.Very
happy memories,the writing on the clock says the time
is short and when i was very young ithought this meant
the clock was slow now 50 years on i wish i had been
right,it also was the home of our headmaster mr thomson,and
back then it was a doctors surgery for doctor wallace.
Nevin Taggart writes:The Olivet Home. Dominating
the village since 1886 this imposing and austere building
is the main village feature. Originally erected as an
orphanage by Alexander Orr Reid as a memorial to his
only son who was killed in a shooting accident, it was
purchased by Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in 1918.
It was used as church halls and as the village primary
school until 1980's when the new Alexander Dickson School
was built. Since then it is used exclusively as church