Thursday, 27 August 2009
This is a view of The Promenade, Portstewart, looking to the left of the War Memorial shown in my last photo.
The town began life as a small fishing village which grew into a resort in the mid-1800's. The arrival of the railway in 1855 increased the popularity of the town, in spite of the station being built in the countryside a little over a mile away from the promenade, which was served by a steam tram.
The station was situated so far away because some local landowners would not allow the railway to cross their land.
Although the town has expanded over the years, the station is still surrounded by fields.