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Antrim Town Centre Conservation Area

Location: Co. Antrim
Designation date: 01 April 1992

Background

Antrim Town Centre Conservation Area
Antrim developed in the shadow of Antrim Castle which was erected on the site of a 'motte and bailey' castle of the Anglo-Norman period.
The town developed at the junction of a number of important highways including those from Belfast to Londonderry and from Larne to the west of the Province about the beginning of the 17th century and for more than 350 years it has functioned as a service centre for the surrounding district.

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The significance of the Market Square, Courthouse, and nearby Castle Gates remains today with these features still a natural focus for the Town Centre. The exceptionally wide High Street, leading down to All Saints Church and the entrance to the Riverside Mill settlement, further gives an individual character to this historic town.

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The design guide generally provides information on the planning context, historical development, description or character appraisal of the area, the designation and guidelines for development proposals.

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