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.
ReferencesK. Muhr, 2009; revised PT, MÓM
T., only in 1851 list; not in 1851 or 1961 index
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Tráighbhaile ""town of the strand""
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) No. 29|
of English origin, earlier Baile Mhic Fheorais ""MacFheorais''
|1991||NIPNP posters Belfast|
|Strone towne||1659c||Census 1659 88|
|Strantowne||1681||Ham. Copy Rental 109|
|Strandtown al. Ballymeser||1727||Reg. Deeds abstracts i $387|
|Strandtown||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 29|
|Strandtown||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 29|
- Castlereagh Lower
- Parish in 1851
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