Castlecatt Cottage Industries, Aky Walker

Castlecatt Cottage Industries, Aky Walker

These photographs were kindly submitted to the Uncharted Histories Project by Frank Scott.

They show ‘Aky’ Walker, chauffer to Mrs Denny of Ballylough House.

Mrs Denny was a member of the Trail family and established a cottage industry at Castlecatt in the early 20th century, which provided employment for local people. People from the area worked together at The Basket House, Castlecatt, to produce baskets and other crafts that would have been for sale across the area. Mrs Denny even sent apprentices to England to learn new skills and bring those skills back to the Causeway Coast.

These photographs are held by Mrs Sarah Scott, Frank’s wife. They were taken in the 1920s or 1930s and came to her from her older sister Elizabeth Grey (nee Walker), Elizabeth and another of Sarah’s older sisters worked for Mrs Denny, as did their father Aky Walker.

Ballymena Observer 4.3.1932 Northern Whig 25.2.1932
This record was collected as part of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust’s Uncharted Histories of the Causeway Coast Project. Please click here to learn more about this project.