These are based on research done by R.J. Hunter into Customs Books for Derry, Coleraine, Carrickfergus & Lecale Ports which are held by West Yorkshire Archives.
The records are unreliable e.g. cargoes leaving Coleraine diminished on arrival at their destination possibly due to corruption or inaccurate clerical work.
Imports in 1612 – 15 included house building materials, luxury items such as spices, figs, wine from France ans Spain, nets and ropes for the fishing industry and cloth from Scotland.
Hugh gave an illustrated talk on the 180 year old history of the business which commenced in Garvagh in 1835. As was the custom of the time, undertaking was combined with other trades e.g. grocery and public house. In 1937 Wades moved, as undertakers, to the Waterside in Coleraine. By 1956 they had moved to Railway Road and then to Abbey Street in 1963. They took over T.MacFarlane and Son in 1967. The talk was well attended and enjoyed by members and visitors.
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