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13 New Road



Co. Antrim

Northern Ireland

BT44 0AA

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Beginning from Seaview Heritage Centre




To explain & illustrate term ‘Glen’    

Indicate/evidence development of Village towards sea.

Point out a selection window  & door styles, fanlights,

coachways, plaster mouldings.




1. Harbour

dates from 15Century

Village layout from South  characterized by 2 spires either side river with wooded valley

(Glen) running back inland between sloping lands.


2. Bridges

- 1683 Castle bridge  up stream, 2 arches, built stone & random rubble, access to the Castle

- 1813 Coast Rd bridge 3 arches, Village expanding towards harbour & new Coast Rd  



3. Churches

- Unitarian 1759 Straidkelly Rd, 2 storey, hipped roof, round headed windows, date stone

- St Patrick’s  1768 on site of Friary ruins (1465) octagonal spire with portholes, stained  

  glass windows.

- Chapel  1875 black stone with a bell-cote, narrow pointed & porthole windows with red

  sandstone dressing  replicated in adjacent Seaview National School  1888

- Presbyterian 1836      Altmore street, hipped roof, windows enhanced by ornate plaster



4. Castles

Castles, Coach ways Cobbles Barbican Gate lodge,  evidence defensive  features, portcullis , boiling oil holes,  has a date stone.  Now a self catering apartment.

4 well preserved carriageways Toberwine Street; & cobbles at Antrim Arms


5. Bank Corner  Junction

Toberwine  Street, Vennel , Altmore & Castle Street .

Former Belfast bank, 1 tall storey in Sandstone, now Jewellers workshop.

Former Court house,  now Baptist Church opposite with Italian style tower & weather fish. , Castle Street is paved with Old School (1825)

Built  in black stone with leaded windows at the bottom—now 2 apartments                                                


6. Altmore Street window styles & shop fronts

Nos 8 &10, doorways & fanlights at 20, 22 24 & 26 in  tiled, domed, webbed styles; chimney pots and original glass in  No 27  the Agents House  detailed  in water colour above.


7. The Vennel & Springhill

The vennel & springhill narrow curving early road from Carrickfergus, terrace 2 storey  houses stepped up the h ill  good examples barred windows towards the top, lion headed water pumps, terrific view point down over village, Castle turrets & out to sea.


8. Mark Street Big Wall

The Big Wall to Mark Street roof level gardens to match the gradient of the slope;  view restoration work to the  rear of  2 Vennel properties, exceptional architecture appropriate for a  charming quaint  Village. Small houses in conformity along Mark  Street                    





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