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Portaferry Conservation Area

Location: Co. Down
Designation date: 11 March 1983


Portaferry Conservation AreaThere is much ancient history apparent in the environs of Portaferry but it was not until the middle of the 17th Century that a town began to develop on the site.
The fabric of the town today bears clear testimony to its prosperity as a thriving port in its merchant’s houses and warehouses and individually distinctive features.

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The medieval origins of Portaferry together with the village’s subsequent role as a market town and commercial centre have left a valuable architectural heritage. Local topography has also been influential with much of the settlement built on the drumlin slopes which overlook the narrows of Strangford Lough. The pattern of building emphasises the traditional and individualistic character of the town.

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