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Cherryvalley, County Down

Origin

Eng. cherry + valley; earlier Ir. Ceathrú Chros na Muclaí ‘quarter(land) of the cross of the piggery’

Background

On E outskirts of town of Comber

par: Comber bar: Castlereagh Lower

The name of the townland of Cherryvalley is first recorded as such in 1675 and there are other known instances of this name,  e.g. in the parish of Moira and, much closer to home, Cherryvalley (a road) in Knock townland near Belfast.  It is possible to grow cherries in sheltered places in Ulster, and this may explain the name; however, it may be that the name (being considered attractive) was transferred from elsewhere. Cherryvalley is given an alias in 1675: Cherivally alias Carrowcrossnemuckly; this suggests that the original Irish name for the place was Ceathrú Chros na Muclaí ‘quarter(land) of the cross of the piggery’. There is another townland called Crossnamuckley in Newtownards parish. The element cros in place-names most often refers to a cross which was associated with a church or which was erected to commemorate a religious event though sometimes it can refer to a crossroads or to a place in transverse position (Joyce i 327). There is no record of a cross in the townland of Cherryvalley and the element ‘cross’ may refer to a crossroads or perhaps to a transverse hill. The valley referred to in the English name is clearly that of the Comber River which bounds the townland on the south. The English name has been provided with a literal Irish translation Alt na Silíní in Gasaitéar na hÉireann ().

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 40; P. McK, 2009; revised PT, MÓM 2012.

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Alt na Silíní

1989GÉ 6

Ceathrú Chros na Muclaí ""quarter(land) of the cros

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 40
Cherryvally1659cCensus 1659 87
Chirrivally als Carrowcrossnemuckley1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37
Cherryvalley1745OSNB: gen. sources E 19
Cherryvally1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Cherry-valley1823Downshire Direct. 319
Cherryvally1830cTreas. Warrant (OSNB) E 19
Cherry Vale1888Sav. Ards 332
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
12017
Place name type
T