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Downpatrick Conservation Area

Location: Co. Down
Designation date: 06 March 1985


Downpatrick Conservation AreaDownpatrick can claim to be one of the very earliest settlements in Ulster.  However, it is the town’s close association with St Patrick which has brought its greatest historical fame.
Downpatrick is a historic town whose unique siting gives it a distinctive character.  The town centre, set between two hills with steep, narrow streets curving up and around the hills, has a very complete sense of enclosure.

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Although its early history must have influenced its shape and development, the town as it now stands dates mainly from the 18th and 19th Centuries.

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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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