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Ardglass Conservation Area

Location: Co. Down
Designation date: 21 June 1996


Ardglass Conservation Area
The strategic location of Ardglass on the exposed eastern seaboard of the Lecale in Co Down and its sitting by a natural inlet both facilitated its beginnings as a trading port during the early middle ages and have sustained its subsequent development, latterly as a fishing port and seaside resort.
The village street layout possesses an air of informality which is reinforced by the variety and scale of the buildings comprising the townscape and the apparent random siting of the historic town houses or castles. The listed buildings are of undoubted quality and add to the overall atmosphere of the village.

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The present day street layout and much of the fabric of the historic core of the town owe a great deal to the vision of one man, William Ogivile, who in the 19th Century constructed much of the harbour and many important buildings.

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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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