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Stranmillis Conservation Area

Location: Belfast
Designation date: 03 July 1996


Stranmillis Conservation AreaIn 1603 Sir Arthur Chichester was granted expansive lands in Ulster including all of the Antrim side of the Lagan from Carrickfergus to Dunmurry and the site of the future City of Belfast.
The date of the grant marks the date of the foundation of the town. In 1606 he leased his Stranmillis lands for 61 years to Moses Hill who built a plantation castle (described in the report of the plantation commissioner around 1611 as being located at a place called “Stranmellis”).
Land ownership and the difficult topography ensured that they changed very little over the next two centuries with the Deerpark giving way to a small number of villas set in large gardens and grounds.

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Today, the area contains architecture of considerable distinction, enhanced by a natural setting of woodland, pond and landscaped garden which itself has an historic continuity and important links wit the early development of Belfast.

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