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Strandtown, County Down


Eng. strand 'shore, beach' + town


Suburb, 3km E of Belfast city centre

par: Holywood bar: Castlereagh Lower

The townland of Strandtown which straddles the Holywood Road south-east of Victoria Park originally bordered on part of Belfast Lough, but now lies a short distance inland due to land reclamation schemes.  A map of Belfast Lough in 1693 shows the Conns Water with a wide sea estuary, and a strip of marsh along the coast fed by a tributary. The name is first recorded in c. 1659 as Strone towne and is connected in some of the sources with the townland of Ballymisert to the north-east; as Strandtown occupies an area which was largely marsh before drainage, it is possible that the area incorporated in the townland originally belonged to Ballymisert and Ballyhackamore. John O’Donovan records the Irish form Tráighbhaile ‘town of the strand’ but this may simply be his translation of the English. 


K. Muhr, 2009; revised PT, MÓM

Additional Information

T., only in 1851 list; not in 1851 or 1961 index

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Tráighbhaile ""town of the strand""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 29

of English origin, earlier Baile Mhic Fheorais ""MacFheorais''

1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Strone towne1659cCensus 1659 88
Strantowne1681Ham. Copy Rental 109
Strandtown al. Ballymeser1727Reg. Deeds abstracts i $387
Strandtown1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 29
Strandtown1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 29
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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