Today’s townland is Victoria Park. There’s no old Irish name for this area, just an English name in honour of Queen Victoria, because this townland was built on land reclaimed from Belfast Lough’s mudflats. According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the reclaimed area was first designated as a townland in the 1901 Census, and was opened as a public park in 1906. For once I can actually show you a map of the townland.
I walked into Victoria Park from Ballymacarrett Intake, using the Sam Thompson Bridge.
The park is also the start of the Connswater Community Greenway. The Greenway Project is creating a 9km linear park through East Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers.
Many black-tailed godwits from Iceland spend the winter in Belfast Lough. The bird in the next photo was patrolling the townland boundary between Victoria Park and Ballymacarrett Intake.
What county is Victoria Park in? County Down
Which civil parish is Victoria Park in? Knockbreda
Click here to read more about the Connswater Greenway on their website, or follow them on Twitter at @ConnsGreenway.