Crawfordsburn

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Crawfordsburn
Scots: Crawford's burn
Irish: Sruth Chráfard[1]
Crawfordsburn is located in Northern Ireland
Crawfordsburn
 Crawfordsburn shown within Northern Ireland
Population 531 (2001 Census)
District North Down
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BANGOR
Postcode district BT19
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Down
NI Assembly North Down
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down

Coordinates: 54°39′00″N 5°43′59″W / 54.65°N 5.733°W / 54.65; -5.733

Crawfordsburn Country Park, 2007

Crawfordsburn (from Ulster Scots Crawford's burn, meaning "Crawford's stream") is a small picturesque village in County Down, Northern Ireland. The village, which is now effectively a commuter suburb, lies between Holywood and Bangor to the north of the A2 road, about 4 km west of Bangor town centre. Bounded to the north and north east by Crawfordsburn Country Park, the village attracts many visitors. It had a population of 531 people in the 2001 Census.

History[edit]

Before the Plantation of Ulster, the area of Crawfordsburn was known as Ballymullan (Irish: Baile Ui Mhaoláin). Crawfordsburn originated in the 17th century as a small settlement on an important routeway along North Down. It was named after a stream which flows through the village. It has retained elements of its 17th-century history along its Main Street including the coaching inn. The Sharman-Crawford family developed the village in the 18th and 19th centuries. Crawfordsburn was promoted as a Victorian tourist attraction, particularly for those visitors using the railway to nearby Helens Bay.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn has been in existence since the 17th century. Records show this building to have been standing in its present form since 1614. There is evidence that substantial additions were made in the middle of the 18th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Donaghadee was one of the principal cross-channel ports between Ireland and Great Britain. The mail coach making connections with the sailing packet, changed horses at The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn and so it came to be patronised by many notable people including Swift, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dickens and Trollope. It was also frequented by C. S. Lewis.
  • Crawfordsburn Country Park, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough, features 3.5 km of coastline and the two best beaches in the Belfast area. The Park also includes Grey Point Fort, a coastal battery and gun emplacement dating from 1904 and updated during World War II. It now houses a military museum.
  • Crawfordsburn Scout Activity Centre is adjacent to the Country Park. It consists of 22 acres (9 hectares) of camping ground including several accommodation buildings.[2] Originally part of the Sharman estate, it opened for Scout camping in October 1948.[3]

People[edit]

Sport[edit]

Bryansburn Rangers F.C. are an intermediate football club from the nearby town of Bangor, however their home ground Ballywooley is located on the Crawfordsburn Road on the way into the village.

2001 Census[edit]

Crawfordsburn is classified by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) as being within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 531 people living in Crawfordsburn. Of these:

  • 13.4% were aged under 16 years and 31.3% were aged 60 and over
  • 46.3% of the population were male and 53.7% were female
  • 9.6% were from a Catholic background and 84.4% were from a Protestant background
  • 1.5% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Scout Activity Centres: Crawfordsburn, scoutactivitycentres.org.uk, accessed 21 October 2013
  3. ^ Masefield, Robin (editor) 2011, Twixt Bay and Burn: A History of Helen's Bay & Crawfordsburn, Bayburn Historical Society (p. 114)
  4. ^ "Samuel Hall-Thompson". Biographies of Members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 

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