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Armagh Conservation Area

Location: Co. Armagh
Designation date: 01 July 1981
Variation: 14 February 1991 (Extension)


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The city first developed as a religious and administrative centre, ruled from a large fortified rathe by Daire, a local Chieftain. Its importance, however in Christian history began with the arrival of St Patrick in 445AD.
The original Conservation Area, designated in 1981, covered most of central Armagh and reflected Armagh’s development from a market town to ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.
The initial area embraced three distinct localities each with its own individual character and form and each containing buildings of different styles and use from different periods, including the Church of Ireland Cathedral precinct, the Commercial Centre and the Mall Area.
In February 1991, two additional localities were designated including the Roman Catholic Cathedral/the Shambles Area and the Irish/Ogle/Thomas Streets Area.

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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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