Richhill, County Armagh

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Coordinates: 54°22′19″N 6°33′04″W / 54.372°N 6.551°W / 54.372; -6.551

Richhill
Irish: Log a' Choire
Richhill - geograph - 1296197.jpg
Richhill is located in Northern Ireland
Richhill
 Richhill shown within Northern Ireland
Population 2,818 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference H941480
    - Belfast 29 mi (47 km)  
District Armagh
County County Armagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Armagh
Postcode district BT61
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Newry & Armagh
NI Assembly Newry & Armagh
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
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Richhill is a large village and townland in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, roughly halfway between Armagh and Portadown. The 2001 Census recorded a population of 2,818 people.

Originally named Legacorry (from Irish: Log a' Choire[1]), it takes its name from Edward Richardson, who built the manor house that the village grew up around. Richhill has won a string of "Best Kept village" awards.

Origins[edit]

At the beginning of the 1600s, the area of Richhill had long been part of the Irish Gaelic territory of Oneilland. In 1610, as part of the Plantation of Ulster, the land was granted to Englishman Francis Sacherevall.[2] His granddaughter Ann married Edward Richardson, who was an English officer, Member of Parliament for County Armagh from 1655 to 1696, and High Sheriff of Armagh in 1665.[2] In about 1660, Richardson built a manor house on the site that would become Richhill,[2] and in 1664 it was reported that there were twenty houses there.[3] At this time, the village was named Legacorry,[3][4] after the townland in which is sprang up. Legacorry comes from Irish: Log a' Choire, meaning "hollow of the cauldron".[1][4] In Thomas Molyneux's Journey to the North (1708) it appears as "Legacorry, a pretty village belonging to Mr Richardson".[3] It gradually became known as Richardson's Hill and this was shortened to Rich Hill. The original gates to the manor house were wrought by two brothers named Thornberry from Falmouth, Cornwall and were erected in 1745. In 1936 they were moved to the entrance of Hillsborough Castle.[5][6]

Village Regeneration[edit]

Early in 2012, it was announced that work would begin on a £1.5 million regeneration scheme, which will transform the village and involve the restoration of about 20 buildings. The Richhill Partnership began work in 2013 with the concealing of over head wires and cables on streets within the conservation area and building restoration work began in early March. The regeneration project along with many other projects will make the village a more appealing place to visit in the future. [7]

Schools[edit]

  • Hardy Memorial Primary School

Transport[edit]

The Ulster Railway opened Richhill railway station on the line between Belfast and Armagh on 1 March 1848.[8] It was part of the Great Northern Railway from 1876.[9] The Government of Northern Ireland forced the GNR Board to close the line on 1 October 1957.[10]

Portadown is the nearest station run by Northern Ireland Railways with trains to Belfast Great Victoria Street and the Enterprise direct to Belfast Central in the east and south to Newry and Dublin Connolly.

There is the possibility of reopening the railway from Portadown to Armagh railway station.[11] Whilst much of the track bed still exists, the bridges would have to be re-built, at considerable cost.

Sport[edit]

  • Broomhill F.C.
  • Richhill F.C.
  • Richhill Recreation Centre[12]
  • Orchard Wheelers Cycling Club[13]
  • Armagh and Richhill Beagles[14]
  • Lodge Equine Stables and Pony Club Centre[15]
  • Intouch Equestrian and Richhill Pony Club Centre[16]
  • Richhill Raiders Volleyball Club[17]

Churches[edit]

Notable Residents[edit]

2001 Census[edit]

The NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) classifies Richhill as an intermediate settlement (i.e. with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,818 people living in Richhill. Of these:

  • 2.8% were aged under 16 years and 92.1% were aged 16 and over
  • 49.8% of the population were male and 50.3% were female
  • 3.4% were from a Catholic background and 94.6% were from a Protestant background
  • 11.9% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ a b c Richhill Castle History. Richhill Building Preservation Trust.
  3. ^ a b c T. G. F. Paterson & Emyr Estyn Evans. Harvest Home: A selection from the writings of T. G. F. Paterson relating to County Armagh. Armagh County Museum, 1975. pp.155-156
  4. ^ a b Art J. Hughes & William Nolan. Armagh: History & Society. Geography Publications, 2001. p.317
  5. ^ "Give Richhill back its gates says UTV man". Portadown Times. Retrieved 12/04/2013. 
  6. ^ "Dying man wants castle gates back". BBC. Retrieved 12/04/2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.armagh.gov.uk/business/regeneration-projects
  8. ^ Hajducki, S. Maxwell (1974). A Railway Atlas of Ireland. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. map 8. ISBN 0-7153-5167-2. 
  9. ^ Hajducki, op. cit., page xiii
  10. ^ Baker, Michael H.C. (1972). Irish Railways since 1916. London: Ian Allan. pp. 153, 207. ISBN 0 7110 0282 7. 
  11. ^ The Ulster Gazette. 16 May 2013
  12. ^ http://www.armagh.gov.uk/sports-leisure-2/recreation-centres/richhill-recreation-centre
  13. ^ http://www.orchardcc.co.uk/?cat=5
  14. ^ http://www.bailyshuntingdirectory.com/directory/Armagh_and_Richhill_Beagles.htm
  15. ^ http://www.lodgeequinestables.co.uk/index.php?page=pony-club
  16. ^ http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/centres/centre_list/17
  17. ^ http://www.richhillraidersvc.com/
  18. ^ http://armagh.anglican.org/index.php/parishes/richhill/
  19. ^ http://www.richhillmc.com/welcome.htm
  20. ^ http://www.richhillpc.org.uk/
  21. ^ http://www.quakers-in-ireland.ie/quakermeetings/ulster/richhill/
  22. ^ http://www.richhillelim.org.uk/Welcome.html
  23. ^ http://www.epcni.org.uk/page13.html
  24. ^ http://www.dropinnchurch.org/
  25. ^ http://www.therestorationmovement.com/richhill.htm

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