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Stenlake Publishing - Old Newtownards

Old Newtownards

Author : John Hanna & Des Quail
ISBN : 9781840332902
Cover : paperback
Price : £10.00

Occupying a key position at the head of Strangford Lough, Newtownards had a somewhat battle scarred early history. Viking raiders were responsible for the destruction of its first incarnation, Movilla, in the ninth century and this was followed by various power struggles between landowning nobles through succeeding centuries. Finally, in order to prevent it from falling into the hands of the English, the town was completely destroyed by the O'Neills in 1572. From the seventeenth century on however, the town was allowed peace to develop as an important market town and administrative centre in north Co. Down and in 1770 it was redesigned and largely rebuilt featuring the large squares and wide streets of today. Containing fifty-two photographs, this book details the full history of Newtownards, while also giving an insight into its life during the first half of the twentieth century – a time when the horse-drawn Co-op bread van still made the rounds and when the local Sunday schools could have a combined outing for over 2,000 children! Long-gone features of the town, such as the railway station and the horse jumping at the annual Horticultural Association show, are captured, as well as early views of Ards Airport and the visit of King Edward VII with Queen Alexandria in 1903.

Old Newtownards