Discover Craigavon
History

Craigavon Borough might only have come into being in the 1970s but human habitation in the area dates back 8,000 years, when the first settlers began living around Lough Neagh. There has been a Christian presence in the area from the time of Saint Patrick, a heritage you can explore today in ancient churches and burial grounds.

The population of the area grew significantly during the 17th century Ulster Plantation, when the Brownlow family founded Lurgan and you can see their family house and demesne (now Lurgan Park) as well as many historic buildings in Lurgan and Portadown and the surrounding countryside. You can trace the vital importance of the linen trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, developed by the local Quaker population. You can also find out about the impact of the two world wars locally and the development of the new city of Craigavon, which was awarded Borough status in 1973.

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