Bells Shop & Chemist


“You would not say that under Bells Lamp” was a common saying in Waterford by parents if they thought their children were telling lies, the superstition was that if you told a lie under the large Bell outside the chemist it would fall down and entrap you.

The Bell was an advertising feature of Waterford Quays until it was bought and exported to New York in the late 1960’s Bells Chemist was owned by two Quaker brothers Arthur and Ernest Westcott Pitt. Arthur was a prominent member of the Dunmore east lifeboat. Ernest owned Rockshire House in Ferrybank They also had a pharma manufacturing facility in Exchange Street.

Film Notes

Learn about Arthur’s involvement in the set up of Waterford’s first airport – View PDF

View a picture of the 1965 Dunmore East Life Boat Crew and Committee – View PDF

The Closure of Henry Bell’s Pharmacy –View Article



About Waterford Cultural Quarter

Created and produced by Waterford Youth Arts in 2021 with support from Waterford Council Arts Office, Waterford Cultural Quarter and Creative Waterford. All Film and Audio by Keith Currams. Website by Thomas Fitzgerald. Producer and Interviewer Ollie Breslin. Special thanks to Michael O’Sullivan and all the members of Waterford History Group (Facebook) and to the National Library Ireland .

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