Milltown, County Antrim
Milltown is a small settlement in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Derriaghy, about one mile to the north of Lisburn. Once a rural village, it is now part of the Greater Belfast conurbation. However, it is separated from the surrounding urban area by a narrow stretch of countryside. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,361 people.
Milltown is a local service centre with facilities including retail units, the former Derriaghy Primary School, Christ Church, Church of Ireland and hall, Derriaghy Gospel Hall and a Community Centre. There is a railway halt in Derriaghy, to the east.
Milltown owes much of its history to the succession of mills that were established by the early 19th century, and which continued to develop over the next century. Christ Church, a local landmark, lies to the eastern end of the settlement and is situated on an earlier site that dates back to at least the medieval period. Throughout the 19th century the village of Milltown was fairly modest in size, but the settlement expanded significantly in the later 20th century.
Milltown is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 1,000 and 2,250. On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,361 people living in Milltown. Of these:
- 28.0% were aged under 16 years and 12.9% were aged 60 and over
- 48.3% of the population were male and 51.7% were female
- 28.4% were from a Catholic background and 67.7% were from a Protestant background
- 4.1% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- Ordnance Survey Ireland: Online map viewer (choose "historic" to see townland boundaries)