Strangford

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Coordinates: 54°22′14″N 5°33′20″W / 54.37065°N 5.55547°W / 54.37065; -5.55547

Strangford
Scots: Strangfurd[1]
Irish: Baile Loch Cuan[2]
The Square, Strangford, June 2011 (01).JPG
Strangford is located in Northern Ireland
Strangford
 Strangford shown within Northern Ireland
Population 474 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference H8396
District Down
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT30
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament South Down
NI Assembly South Down
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down

Strangford (from Old Norse Strangr-fjǫrðr, meaning "strong fjord") is a small village at the mouth of Strangford Lough in County Down, Northern Ireland. It has a population of 475 according to the 2001 Census.

On the other side of the lough is Portaferry and there is a ferry service between the two villages. The village has a small harbour, which is overlooked by rows of 19th-century cottages and a fine Georgian terrace.

History[edit]

In 1637 the Surveyor General of Customs issued a report compiled from accounts of customs due from each port and their "subsidiary creeks". Of the Ulster ports on the list, Carrickfergus was first, followed by Bangor, Donaghadee and Strangford.[3]

Strangford (strong-fjord) was the designated home of King Magnus (Bare-Legs) Olafson. Upon his attempted siege of Uldah (ulster) he set up his fort in the (strong fjord's) of strangford Co. Down. This was an ideal place for him to base himself and his army as he had good fortified grounds and quick access to an inland lough that leads directly out to the east onto the Irish Sea. The only known celebration of king Magnus' time in Ulster is demonstrated (bi-annually) by the Downpatrick based living history group, The Magnus Viking Association at delamont country park (Situated at Strangford Lough).

Despite having the same name, the village (and the wider ward of Strangford) is not in the Strangford parliamentary constituency or Assembly constituency, instead being in the South Down parliamentary constituency and Assembly constituency.

Sports[edit]

Strangford has two men's football teams who compete in the Newcastle & District Football League.

The Troubles[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Strangford Castle, near the harbour in Strangford, is a 16th-century tower house with a drop hole at roof level to defend the door.
  • Castle Ward is an intriguing mansion built in 1760 in two distinct architectural styles, Classical and Gothic, overlooking Strangford Lough. The property is owned by the National Trust. Castleward is seven miles from Downpatrick and one-and-one-half miles from Strangford.
  • Audley's Castle is a 15th-century castle one mile (1.6 km) northeast of Strangford, on a rocky height overlooking Strangford Lough, grid ref: J5781 5058.[4]
  • Audleystown Court Cairn is a dual court grave near the south shore of Strangford Lough, north-west of Castle Ward, 1.75 miles from Strangford, at grid ref: 562 504).[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jordan's Castle – Department of the Environment
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ O'Sullivan, Aidan & Breen, Colin (2007). Maritime Ireland — An Archaeology of Coastal Communities. Stroud: Tempus. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-7524-2509-2. 
  4. ^ Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (1983). Historic Monuments of Northern Ireland. Belfast: HMSO. pp. 97–98. 
  5. ^ Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (1983). Historic Monuments of Northern Ireland. Belfast: HMSO. p. 88. 

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