Introduction


A total stranger entering Castlewellan from the Rathfriland Road in 1986, would get the impression that the town had one street with a few trees on either side, but would be amazed at the sensability in design and layout of the whole area.

Built originally as a market town centuries ago, it was, by accident, tailor made for the motor car era. While admiring the buildings, he would be fully aware that the responsibility for the lifeblood of any town must lie with the owners of the large and small businesses which struggle from one generation to another.

In one life-time, Castlewellan has had a lot of changes in shops and owners and, although not wanting a Statistics Report, the stranger might think it a very pleasant experience to re-enter the Town by the the Rathfriland Road, but, this time, in 1900.