Market Square, Lisburn

Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman), [firm of] Mould & Tod (Engraver)

View of the Market Square in Lisburn. Several commercial premises are shown, one with the name Johnson above the entrance, another with a complex trade sign hanging from an upstairs window. Men, women and children are engaged in conversation, or play, or a variety of other activities. There are no vehicles in the street, only a pack animal with paniers, carrying a man sitting sideways. Notable features are the spire of Christ Church Cathedral near the centre of the image, and the Market House and Assembly Rooms to the right, behind a small railed garden.
The image emphasizes the air of prosperity and order for which Lisburn, or Lisnagarvey, was regularly commended by travellers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J.H. Burgess. Eng[rave]d by Mould & Tod Edin[bu]r[gh].
    Published by Marcus Ward. 6. Corn Market. Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Market Square, Lisburn

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • Market Square, Lisburn - Named locality
  • Lisburn - Town or city
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Baskets, Children, Chimneys, Churches, Gardens & parks, Hats, Headgear, Horses, People, Steeples, Stores & shops, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 67
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THIS town lies about six miles southward from Belfast, and the Ulster Railway offers a cheap and expeditious mode of conveyance through one of the most highly cultivated districts in Ireland. Passing near the quiet little village of LAMBEG, with its old elm trees, and antique looking cottages, covered with honey suckle and clematis, you reach the flourishing town of Lisburn. Its most prominent features are the Market-house, with its capola, and lofty spire of the Church, which being the cathedral of the united dioceses of Down and Connor, visitations are held in it; and the registry of the diocese and prerogative office being also here situated, makes the town the residence of various officers by whom the Ecclesiastical business is conducted. A handsome Public Garden, shaded by fir trees, kept in excellent order at the expence of the Marquis of HERTFORD, on whose estate the town is built. The numerous Bleach-greens, Chemical-works, Manufactories of thread, of damask, and diapers, of linen and cambries, bear the best testimony to the commercial enterprise and prosperity of this district. [p. 66]
Market Square, Lisburn