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The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn
Crawfordsburn is located in County Down
Location within County Down
Population587 (2011 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBANGOR
Postcode districtBT19
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°39′30″N 5°43′52″W / 54.65833°N 5.73111°W / 54.65833; -5.73111Coordinates: 54°39′30″N 5°43′52″W / 54.65833°N 5.73111°W / 54.65833; -5.73111
Crawfordsburn Country Park, 2007

Crawfordsburn (from Scots Crawford's burn 'Crawford's stream') is a small 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 587 people in the 2011 Census.


Before the Plantation of Ulster, the area of Crawfordsburn was known as Ballymullan (Irish: Baile Uí Mhaoláin). It was named after a stream which flows through the village.

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 Orange Hall.

At present it is used by the owners Crawfordsburn Chosen Few LOL 1091 who originally met in the old school house from 1905 and then bought their current building which is still in use to this day and continues to flourish with increased memberships. The hall is also used by Robert Whiteside Memorial LOL 1229 and Sir Henry Wilson RBP 1104. Also used by different community groups.

  • 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]



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.

2011 Census[edit]

Crawfordsburn is classified by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)[5] as being within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 587 people living in Crawfordsburn. Of these:

  • 18.2% were aged under 17 years and 27.4% were aged 65 and over
  • 48.5% of the population were male and 51.5% were female
  • 65.6% identified as Christian (other), 23.4% as non-religious and 10.1% as Roman Catholic specifically.
  • 1.5% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Scout Activity Centres: Crawfordsburn,, Retrieved 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.
  5. ^ NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)

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