Carlow Town Trade in the 1830s
From A Topographical Dictionary of
From its advantageous situation on the Barrow,
affording a facility of communication with the ports of Ross, Waterford,
and Dublin, the town has become the principal mart for the agricultural
produce of the well-cultivated districts around it, and carries on an
extensive trade in corn and butter; the latter is of a very superior
quality, and meets with a ready sale in the London market.
down the river has, within the last 14 years, greatly increased, while
that upwards has diminished, in consequence of the heavy tolls demanded
on the canal conveyance to the metropolis. The quantity of corn and
flour sent hence to Waterford and other ports for exportation has,
within that period, advanced from 2000 to 15,000 quarters; and the
quantity of butter weighed in the market and in private stores is at
present not less than 35,000 firkins.
The river Barrow is navigable from
Athy, where the Grand Canal from Dublin joins it, and thence to its
confluence with the river Suir below Waterford; boats consequently pass
from this place to Dublin, Ross, and Waterford; there is a lock on the
river, and good quays have been constructed for the accommodation of
vessels employed in the trade. This is the head-quarters of the southern
district of the revenue police, and there are sub-stations at
Newtownbarry, Freshford, and Gore's-bridge: there is also a chief
constabulary police station in the town.
The market-days are Monday and
Thursday; and fairs are held on May 4th, June 22nd, Aug. 26th, and Nov.
8th. The revenue of the post-office, according to the latest return to
Parliament, amounted to £1395. 1s. 6