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Comber is a plantation town that owes its development to the Industrial Revolution. Flour-milling and distilling developed in the 19th century but the town’s oldest industry is the spinning mill dating back to 1863 and regarded as one of the best examples of its kind in Northern Ireland. Famous names abound here: the Andrews family who own the mill have held high office in Northern Ireland since it was founded in 1922, and Major General Sir Robert ‘Rollo’ Gillespie, whose statue stands in the square, distinguished himself in a spectacular attack on a hill fort in the Himalayas.
Comber has a relatively dry climate with a high sunshine average, making it ideal for arable farming, giving the area the reputation of being 'The Garden of Ulster’.
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