St. John's Church of Ireland
This parish church was built on the site of an old medieval Catholic
parish church. The stones from the old church were removed by
Rev. Mr. Hamilton and used in the building of Tyrella House. This
newer church was built in 1840 and rebuilt 1870. The first rector
was Rev. John F. Gordon from Downpatrick parish church.
Newspaper articles from Down Recorder;
new church officially opened 10 & 17 Sep 1842: windows broken
17 Dec 1842: church school 28 Oct 1843; Rev J.H. Freke 20 Jun
1857; gossipings about parish 3 Jan 1862; church reopened 5 Oct
1872; address to Rev. Thomas F. Martin, rector 1 Jun 1878;choral
service 9 Oct 1924*
Records from 1839, 20th century graveyard; there is a separate
field with burials from the nearby British military/airforce base
dating from 1907
This photo was kindly taken for me by Brian McCleary.