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FROM 1870 - 1914 > TRANSPORT & TRADE
 
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  The Saw Mill
This photograph shows a saw-mill in Kilrea in 1905. The timber was brought to the town by both river and rail transport. Once the trees ...
 
  Commercial Street
This photograph gives some indication of commercial life in an Ulster town at the end of the 19th century. It includes a variety of ...
 
  Hardware Shop
While saw mills sometimes sold timber directly to the public, much of it was sold in hardware shops. These shops also sold tools to ...
 
  The Pub/Grocer
In 1900 John Reilly was described as a tea, wine and spirit merchant, a business which he ran from his pub grocery in Newtownbutler, Co. ...
 
  Pawnshop
For poor people the pawnshop was vital. They often pawned their most valuable possessions for money to keep them going through the week ...
 
  Street Traders
The increase in the number of permanent shops reduced the number of street traders. These peddlers, as they were sometimes known, still ...
 
  Fair Day
In market towns all over Ulster the traditional fair and market still drew large crowds who bought a variety of goods from street ...
 
  Department Store
In Belfast a department store such as Robinson and Cleaverís catered for the needs of the wealthy classes. It sold fine linen goods, ...
 
  The Corner Shop
In Belfast and in larger towns corner shops which sold all manner of household items were open all hours. They mainly catered for local ...
 
  Chain Shop
Just before the outbreak of the First World War Ireland got its first chain shops. These retailers, such as Liptonís, sold the same ...
 
 
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