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Visit to the Ards Peninsula.

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Rosemount, Ballywalter Park and Portico.

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A unique opportunity to see inside three remarkable historic buildings: Rosemount, Ballywalter Park and Portico.

Our tour of the Ards Peninsula will start at Rosemount, Greyabbey, home of William and Daphne Montgomery and will include a tour of the garden or the adjacent abbey. This house ‘may have been started before 1744 but certainly no definite features earlier than 1760-70’ (Archaeological Survey of County Down). Brett describes the house as ‘unusual in the addition of segmental bowed ends’ (Buildings of North County Down).

There will be a break for lunch (options in Greyabbey and Portaferry) before visiting The Portico of Ards, the former Presbyterian Church in Portaferry which has recently been restored as a venue for music, the arts and for worship. The Society’s list in 1969 described the building as ‘a quite remarkable exercise (architect unknown) in a severe and simplified Doric style of a geometrical kind’. The architect is now known and we shall hear about him and the challenges of restoring the building.

The tour will conclude at Ballywalter Park, home of Lord and Lady Dunleath – ‘arguably the grandest of all the private Grand Houses, the stateliest of the private Stately Homes of North County Down.’ (Brett).

Please meet at the front gate of Rosemount in Greyabbey (on your left leaving the village towards Portaferry immediately before a sharp left hand bend) at 10.30am.

Numbers strictly limited. This event is now open to UAHS members and non-members. Tickets: £36 Refreshments not included.

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