DOE Announces An Extension To Newry Conservation Area
Published on Fri, 30 Mar 2001
The Department of the Environment has announced an extension of the Newry Conservation Area.
This will include one of the most historic areas of the town based around Canal Quay, New Street and the lower part of Canal Street.
"The historical significance of this area can be dated back to the opening of the Newry Canal in 1741," said Pat McBride, Divisional Planning Officer.
"It is full of reminders of Newry’s past including buildings such as former canalbank warehousing, merchant’s houses and property in the ownership of the Convent of Mercy.
"The Planning Service hopes that this designation as a Conservation Area will facilitate a regeneration and the restoration of many of the buildings to their former glory," Mr McBride said.
A substantial number of the buildings are of great townscape character or historic significance. Examples include:
- Clanrye Mill at New Street, an impressive 6 storey high red brick building designed by William Watson in the mid 19th Century;
- No 10 Canal Street which was a former RIC/RUC barracks where Eamon De Valera is reputed to have been held overnight after his arrest while campaigning to retain his seat as MP for South Down in 1922;
- No 17 Canal Street was a public bathhouse providing an essential service to the crews of the boats berthing in Newry Canal;
- while No 28 Canal Street being a former girl’s boarding school holds many memories.
Notes to Editors
- A Partnership between the local Canal Street regeneration group and Newry and Mourne District Council has been formed. It is hoped to announce details of an enhancement strategy using funding secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme soon.
- A leaflet providing further details can be obtained free of charge by contacting Tony Donnelly at the Divisional Planning Office, Marlborough House Craigavon Tel 028 3834 1065.
- A map showing the boundary of the Conservation Area extension is also on display at the offices of Newry and Mourne District Council at Monaghan Row, Newry.
- Further information call Paddy Murphy DOE Press Office Tel.02890540014.