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Holywood Conservation Area

Location: Co.Down
Designation date: 12 May 2004

Background

Holywood Conservation AreaThe town of Holywood owes its origins to the early 7th Century Christian monastic settlement of which there is little remaining visible evidence.
The present cruciform town plan derives from the Elizabethan Plantation of Sir James Hamilton, when Holywood was established as a market town.
The coming of the railway from Belfast in 1948 ushered in a brief but significant phase in the development of Holywood as a dormitory and space town.

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It is the combination of the current retail and commercial centre; and the residential quarter known as ‘High Holywood’ that form the basis of the Conservation Area. A notable feature of buildings throughout the area is the survival of their original features.

The Design Guide

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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