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ABOUT THE AIMS AND ETHOS of
COMBER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
and HOW YOU MAY ASSIST

        Welcome to the Website of Comber Historical Society. The Society was formed in 2000 and aims to preserve and record information relating to Comber and to make it available to all those with an interest in our town. Whether you are interested in the history of the town, its people, places and events - or want to learn more about Comber as it is today, there will be something on the site for everybody. Please do get in touch with any comments and we'd be delighted to receive any old photographs or information you may have about Comber. This site will be regularly updated so please keep visiting and click on "reload" to refresh the page.

HOW YOU MAY CONTRIBUTE
        One of the aims of Comber Historical Society is to preserve and record the history of Comber by noting all historical documents, artefacts, photographs and audio-video material relating to the town. We would be delighted if anyone who has any records or memories of Comber would get in touch.
Contact Desmond Rainey on 028 9187 8482 or email :-
<comberhistory@hotmail.co.uk> or <combernexus@gmail.com>
       Don't worry about spelling or grammar my machine can cope with most of the bloomers. If I didn't have a decent word processor I too would be in trouble. Even handwriten notes could be typed up if the researchers can find the time and you can find one of those old things they call a pencil, even a pen will do. Drawings too can be used and old maps

Comber Historical Society
Programme

For further details contact:
Elizabeth McCullough (Hon., Secretary) (028) 97521014
  • The 2023 Programme is still being devised


  • 2022 SUMMER OUTING TO WHITEHEAD
    The following is only a proposal or suggestion for anyone going to Whitehead: (a) Make their own way to Whitehead (b) Travel to Dundonald and park at the Glider at about 10:00am on Friday 17th June and catch Glider to Lanyon Place train station. Don't forget your Bus Pass for the Glider and the train. We should all meet together in Whitehead at roughly 11:30am. The tour starts about 12 noon.


  • IMPORTANT CONTACT NOTE FROM THE WEB EDITOR
    The web editor is Adrian Hanna. I can be contacted at the address shown below.
    <adrian@sixgolds.com>
              Anyone using G-Mail address will find that new security restrictions introduced by Goooogle (22May2022) may stop messages from the Adrian address above and many others not within the G-mail family. There is an alternative address available:- <combernexus@gmail.com> Feel free to use it. I will be giving up various web sites and retracting into a more private and less stressful life because of my age and ill health. Anyone who thinks they can take over this web site I will give them FREE LESSONS until they feel confident to take over. Web Editing is an excellent profession and anyone who can master it can make a small fortune.   Whilst the lessons are free the actual price is that you take over this Comber History web site subject to the approval of the Society's Membership.
      The main researchers for this web site are
    1. Desmond Rainey on 028 9187 8482 or email :- <comberhistory@hotmail.co.uk>
    2. Len Ball only contactable through Desmond or Adrian.
             

    Officers for 2022.
    ChairpersonDesmond Mackey
    SecretaryLiz McCullough
    TreasurerMartin Perry
    Press OfficerBilly McCullough
    Web EditorAdrian Hanna
    AuditorTerry Needham
    The Committee Desmond Rainey
    Len Ball
    Marion Hanna
    Hill Wilson
    Susan McCullough
    Don Johnston
    All elected unanimously.

    Honorary Life MemberMrs Kathleen Coulter (Deceased)

    INTRODUCING COMBER
    Comar, meeting place of the waters, that was the name given by the ancients to a settlement at the northwest corner of Strangford Lough at the confluence of the Enler and Glen Rivers. Today we call it Comber, famous for its spuds.

    Nomadic hunter gatherers arrived here around 10,000 years ago. St Patrick followed in their footsteps and founded a monastery, but its fame was eclipsed by the medieval Cistercian Abbey. Today that has vanished, and St Mary's Parish Church occupies the site. 1606 saw an influx of Scots under James Hamilton and Hugh Montgomery. Among the newcomers were the ancestors of the Andrews family who brought much prosperity to Comber. By the late 18th century John, known as "the great", had established a linen bleach green, corn mills and a flour mill. In 1864 his grandson erected a flax spinning mill. Later members of the family include Thomas of Titanic fame and his elder brother John Miller, wartime prime minister.

    Old Comber whiskey was produced at two distilleries in the town. Last distilling was in 1952, although the odd bottle is still available, at a price! Comber was also a railway junction, with steam trains chugging their way through for exactly 100 years from 1850. Today the long-awaited bypass runs along the route of the old track.

    No visitor can fail to notice a tall monument in Comber's Georgian Square. This commemorates Sir Robert Rollo Gillespie, who fought against the French and was killed while attempting to storm the fortress of Kalunga in Nepal in 1814. His reputed last words were "One shot more for the honour of Down" Another valiant soldier who made the supreme sacrifice was Edmund de Wind, awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918.


    IN MEMORIAM
    It is sad to report that several long standing members of the Historical Society recently passed away. .
    May they rest in peace.

    Kathleen Coulter
    OBITUARY

    Robert Bennett
    OBITUARY

    Chris Griffith

    Barry Millar
    Requiescat


    This is roughly the area covered by Comber Historical Society.
    It would not be prudent to extend our reach into areas covered by other Historical Groups.

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