ARDGLASS (“Green Height”): a small town of Co. Down,
Ireland, in the east parliamentary division, at the head of a
rocky bay, in a picturesque situation between two hills, 32 m.
S. by E. of Belfast on a branch of the Belfast & Co. Down
railway. Pop. (1901) 501. Soon after the Norman invasion it
became of the first importance as a port, a fact attested by the
remains of no fewer than five castles in close proximity, which
give the town a picturesque aspect. There are also an ancient
church crowning the eastern hill, and a curious fortified warehouse
(called the New Works), dating probably from the 14th
century, when a trading company was established here under a
grant from Henry IV. Ardglass was a royal burgh and sent
a representative to the Irish parliament. The chiefindustry is
the herringfishery. Ships of 500 tons may enter the harbour at
all times. In summer Ardglass is a frequented resort of visitors;
good bathing and a golf links contribute to its attractions.
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