New book captures history of Banbridge

A new book from The History Press – Banbridge: The Star of County Down – which captures the history of the town has just been published.

Monday, 14th September 2020, 8:33 am
Banbridge:The Star of County Down
 by Doreen McBride
Banbridge:The Star of County Down by Doreen McBride

Written by prolific local author, Doreen McBride, the book explores the story of this unique town, containing facts, stories and anecdotes.

For instance, Banbridge gets its name from the bridge built across the River Bann in 1712. It’s a thriving modern town, rife with history and culture, surrounded by beautiful scenery that provided an iconic location for the internationally acclaimed television series Game of Thrones. It’s also the setting of the well-known folk song ‘The Star of the County Down’, and, contains Europe’s first flyover bridge.

Banbridge’s position where ancient roads cross the Lower River Bann has resulted in cross-pollination of ideas, creativity and influence, with major figures in the world of literature, art, music, the linen industry, medical science, atomic power, tractors, air-craft design and more.

This book (ISBN: 9780750990936 priced £14.99) which covers the town’s rich history through to the present day, has much to interest local people and visitors alike.