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Grangewalls, County Down


Eng. grange + walls or Walls (surname)


The name of the townland of Grangewalls is recorded as Grange Awales in 1618, as Grangewalls in 1637 and as Grange Walls in 1729. The place-name element grange is a borrowing from Norman French and refers to a monastic farm which was not necessarily adjacent to the monastery to which it belonged (Flanagan 1971-2, 75) and according to the Ordnance Survey Name Book of 1830 Grangewalls was a possession of the monastery of Saul a short distance to the north. O’Laverty (i 146) informs us that ‘in the townland of Grangewalls the remains of an ancient cemetery were discovered’. The final element of Grangewalls may be the English word walls which in place-names often refers to a large house or mansion (cf. Maxwells Walls and Brettens Walls in Co. Antrim).  In the east and west of the townland respectively there are houses named The Grange and Grangewalls House. However, the possibility that it is the surname Walls should not be discounted. There is also a small settlement named Grangebawn in the south of the townland which is recorded as a separate townland (Grangebane) on the map of the Manor of Downpatrick in 1710 (Mann. Downpatrick).


PMcK, 2009; revised PT 2012

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Grange, 2 vill'' de

1632Ex. Inq. (Dn) 8 Car. I (DF)


1637Lodge RR Chas I i 429

Grange Walls

1729Southwell Rental [1752]
Grange, Awales1618Inq. Ult. (Down) $8 Jac. I
Grangewals1659cCensus 1659 70
Grangvalles1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Car. II
Grange Walls1710Map Ld de Clifford (OSNB) E 120
Grange Walls1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 120
Grange Walls1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 120
Lecale Upper
Parish in 1851
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