Newtownards Priory was a medieval Dominican priory founded by the Savage family around 1244. Only the lower parts of the nave and two blocked doors in the south wall leading to a demolished cloister, survive from the period of the priory's foundation. The upper parts of the nave date from a 14th-century rebuilding and the western extension and the north aisle arcade were undertaken by the de Burgh family.

The priory was dissolved in 1541, and was sacked and burned. It was granted to Hugh Montgomery and he built a house within the ruins, rebuilding the north aisle and adding a tower at the entrance.

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Founded: 1244
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Darren Cardy (10 months ago)
Been lucky enough to get a look around the inside of this historic building.
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F Jennings (3 years ago)
The abbey belonged to the Dominicans and is the only surviving ruin of that order in the modern province of Ulster. After suppression it became a courthouse. Suggestions that it was called Saint Columba's Access was not possible because the key is with the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Office had no access. That is the reason for the miserable three stars. The local people were friendly and helpful and showed where the old friary walls were now incorporated into the allotment walls behind the neighbouring houses. Locals made this worth a visit but sad that access is so restricted.
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