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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Gaggy Mott (2 years ago)
Thankfully, the Dominican Friary at Court Square in Newtownards has been 'cleaned up' and restored over recent years: Ivy removed, sympathetic windows added, pathways cleaned etc. Sadly though, most days, it can only be viewed from the road....Doors are locked, except on Heritage Days and a few other dates in the year...sad really ?
Terence Tasker (3 years ago)
Went for remembrance service. Very nice.
Sarah Ferguson (3 years ago)
I live close to the Priory and always find something to examine
Darren Cardy (3 years ago)
Been lucky enough to get a look around the inside of this historic building.
Darren Cardy (5ticksAndStones) (3 years ago)
Been lucky enough to get a look around the inside of this historic building.
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