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Banbridge
Droichead na Banna
Banbrig
Image:Banbridgearms.PNG
Location
WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates:
54.343° N 6.26° W
Statistics
Province: Ulster
County: County Down
District: Banbridge District
UK Parliament: Upper Bann
European Parliament: Northern Ireland
Dialling Code: 028, +44 28
Post Town: Banbridge
Postal District(s): BT32
Population (2001) 14,744

Banbridge (Droichead na Banna in Irish) is a market town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies on the River Bann and the A1 road. It grew as a coaching stop and from Irish linen manufacturing. Its population was 14,744 people in the 2001 Census. The town is the headquarters for Banbridge District Council. The town was named after the first bridge built over the Upper Bann in 1712. Bullet for locations in Ireland, displays location and not area. ... Image File history File links NorthernIrelandBanbridge. ... The Global Positioning System (GPS), is currently the only fully-functional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). ... During late Gaelic and early historic times Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the tuatha. ... Statistics Area: 24,481 km² Population (2006 estimate) 1,993,918 Ulster (Irish: Cúige Uladh, IPA: ) forms one of the four traditional provinces of Ireland. ... The island of Ireland was historically divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). After the partition of Ireland in 1921, what became the Republic of Ireland comprised 26 of these, with Northern Ireland comprising the remaining six. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Downpatrick Area: 2,448 km² Population (est. ... Northern Ireland is divided into 26 districts for local government purposes. ... Banbridge District Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Upper Bann is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... The European Parliament (formerly European Parliamentary Assembly) is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ... Northern Ireland is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Subscriber trunk dialling (STD) (also known as Subscriber toll dialling) is an obsolete term for the UK telephone system allowing subscribers to dial trunk calls without operator assistance. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Downpatrick Area: 2,448 km² Population (est. ... Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official languages English (de facto), Irish, Ulster Scots 3, Northern Ireland Sign Language, Irish Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Office... The River Bann is the largest river in Northern Ireland. ... The A1 is a major road in Northern Ireland. ... // Original meaning and etymology The original meaning of the term coach was: a horse-drawn vehicle designed for the conveyance of more than one passenger — and of mail — and covered for protection from the elements. ... Irish linen is the brand name given to linen produced in Ireland. ... UK Census 2001 logo A nationwide census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001. ... Banbridge District Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... // Events Treaty of Aargau signed between Catholic and Protestants. ...


The main street is very unusual, and rises to a steep hill. Banbridge used to be an important stop on the Belfast to Dublin stagecoach route and the town's best known feature is the underpass constructed in 1834 known as The Cut. It is thought that this was the first underpass ever built, and was done to allow horses to pass through the centre of the town without fainting before they reached the top of the hill. An underground pedestrian tunnel between buildings at MIT. Note the utility pipes running along the ceiling. ... 1834 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Nearby towns and villages include: Rathfriland, Corbet, Annaclone, Magherally, Seapatrick, Donaghcloney, Lawrencetown, Loughbrickland, Dromore and Gilford. Rathfriland is a village in County Down, Northern Ireland. ... Corbet is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland, near Banbridge. ... Donaghcloney [ A common alternative spelling is DONACLONEY] is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland. ... Lawrencetown is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland. ... Loughbrickland is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Gilford is a village situated in County Down, Northern Ireland. ...

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History

Banbridge, home to the Star of the County Down, is, relatively speaking, quite a young town. The town grew up around the site where the main road from Belfast to Dublin crossed the River Bann over an Old Bridge which was situated where the present bridge now stands. The town owed its success to flax and the linen industry, becoming by 1772 the principal linen producing district in Ireland with a total of 26 bleachgreens along the Bann. This industry has now greatly diminished in prominence, but Banbridge still has two of the major producers in Ulster Weavers Ltd, and Thomas Ferguson & Co Ltd., the last remaining Irish linen damask weaver. Banbridge has also been the victim to numerous bomb attacks by Republican groups throughout the Troubles. The most recent of which was a Real IRA car bomb explosion in 1998, injuring 33 people WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... The River Bann is the largest river in Northern Ireland. ... Binomial name Linum usitatissimum Linnaeus. ... Torn linen cloth, recovered from the Dead Sea Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant. ... Irish linen is the brand name given to linen produced in Ireland. ... Italian silk damask, 1300s. ...


Demographics

Banbridge is classified as a Medium Town by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 10,000 and 18,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 14,744 people living in Banbridge. Of these: April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • 24.4% were aged under 16 years and 16.1% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.5% of the population were male and 50.5% were female
  • 33.7% were from a Catholic background and 63.7% were from a Protestant background
  • 3.3% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Places of interest

Lisnagade Fort (J086440) is a large multivallate rath, three miles west of Banbridge, Co. ... Legananny Dolmen megalithic dolmen or cromlech is situated nine miles southeast of Banbridge, three miles north of Castlewellan. ... The Loughbrickland Crannóg is three miles southwest of Banbridge, Co. ... Events Possible date for the Battle of Mons Badonicus: Romano-British and Celts defeat an Anglo-Saxon army that may have been led by the bretwalda Aelle of Sussex (approximate date; suggested dates range from 490 to 510) Note: This battle may have influenced the legend of King Arthur. ... 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

Transport

Banbridge is on the A1 main road between Belfast and Newry. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ...


The nearest railway station is Scarva, about eight kilometres (five miles) from Banbridge. Banbridge was linked to the main Belfast-Dublin railway by a branch line from Scarva that opened in 1859. A more direct link to Belfast opened in 1863 via Lisburn. A branch line from Banbridge to Ballyroney opened in 1880 and was extended to the coastal resort of Newcastle in 1906. The lines to Scarva and Newcastle were closed in 1955 and the line to Lisburn in 1956. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ...


People

  • Professor Ernest Walton, winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics (along with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft) attended school in Banbridge.
  • Captain Crozier, British naval officer and arctic explorer, was born in Banbridge in 1796. A monument to him stands in the town square; four polar bears are carved on the base.
  • F. E. McWilliam, surrealist sculptor
  • Joseph Scriven who wrote the hymn "What a Friend We Have In Jesus."
  • Jill Orbinson, a field hockey midfielder of the Irish national team was born in Banbridge.
  • John Mitchel, Irish nationalist activist and political journalist
  • Mark Sinnamon, sometimes known as the George Best of Irish hockey
  • Helen Waddell, scholar and writer
  • Howard Ferguson, composer
  • Captain Thomas Mayne Reid, writer
  • John Butler Yeats, artist and father of four artistic children. Among them were William Butler Yeats, Ireland’s most famous poet and Jack Butler Yeats, the painter and illustrator.
  • Madeline Perry- An international squash player on the Professional Womens Tour and is currently ranked 6 in the world.(2007)
  • Eugene Magee- A field hockey forward of the Irish National team lives and still plays for Banbridge

Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (October 6, 1903 – June 25, 1995) was an Irish physicist, the winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics along with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. ... See also: John Cockroft (politician) Sir John Douglas Cockcroft (May 27, 1897 - September 18, 1967) was a British physicist. ... Francis Rawdon Moira Crozier (September 1796–1848) was an Irish-born British naval officer who participated in several exploratory expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. ... Year 1796 (MDCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... FE McWilliam (30 April 1909- 13 May 1992), Irish surrealist sculptor, born in Banbridge, County Down. ... Jill Orbinson (born September 13, 1978 in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland) is a field hockey centre midfielder from Ireland, who made her international debut for the Womens National Team in 1998 against Scotland. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men and women in many countries around the world; it is the second most popular team sport after football (soccer)[]. Its official name and the one by which it is usually known is hockey [1][2... John Mitchel John Mitchel (Irish: Seán Uí Mistéil; b. ...

Education

Primary

This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Ballydown Primary School is a primary school located in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. ...

Post-primary

This article should appear in one or more categories. ... Banbridge High School is a secondary school located in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. ...

Sport

One of the Banbridge sporting highlights probably was the 1920 - Ireland v. Scotland International Hockey Match played at Banbridge.


Current sports clubs include:

Banbridge Town F.C. is a Northern Ireland football club playing in the Irish Football League. ...

Song

The Star of the County Down, a well known song associated with Banbridge.


References

  • Culture Northern Ireland

See also

This is a list page for towns in Northern Ireland. ... This is a list page for villages in Northern Ireland. ... Market Houses are a notable feature of many Irish towns with varying styles of architecture, size and ornamentation making for a most interesting feature of the streetscape. ...

External links


Major towns in Northern Ireland
Antrim | Ballymena | Banbridge | Bangor | Carrickfergus | Coleraine | Cookstown | Craigavon | Dundonald | Enniskillen | Holywood | Larne | Limavady | Newtownabbey | Newtownards | Omagh | Portadown | Strabane

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