There are records from 1606 of two names for this townland. One is Ballimonaster, from the Irish Baile na Mainistreach meaning “townland of the monastery”, referring to a Cistercian abbey founded in 1199. The site of the abbey church is now occupied by St Mary’s Church.
In my photo of the church you can see the top of some green tents. The tents appear on the first Thursday of every month for Comber Market. My favourite stall from September’s market was from the Go Yeast micro-bakery.
Another townland name recorded in 1606 was Ballicumber. This name comes from the Irish Baile an Chomair meaning “townland of the confluence”, and has given us the modern name Comber. Confluence could describe a couple of things. It could mean the place where the Enler River (which ran along beside me through Church Quarter and Ballymaglaff) joins the Glen River to become the Comber River (pictured here flowing under Ward Bridge).
If you are interested in the history of Comber, have a look at the website of the Comber Historical Society. Even better, if you are in the area in September, go along to Comber Library to see the Society’s exhibition of photographs and information about Comber from prehistoric times up to the present.
Now I should bring you right up to date with news from Comber. The Comber & District Horticultural Society held its annual show on 12th September, with prize chrysanthemums…
Click here for the website for Comber Library. The library hosts the historical exhibition during library opening hours until 30 September 2015.
Which townlands border Town Parks? Clockwise from the Enler River, Ballyloughan, Mount Alexander, Ballyhenry Minor, Cherryvalley, Carnasure, Ballymagaughey, Trooperfield and Ballyaltikilligan. Click here for a hand-drawn map of the townlands in and around Comber, produced by Ros Davies.
Which civil parish is Town Parks in? Comber
Which council area is Town Parks in? Ards and North Down Borough Council
Which county is Town Parks in? County Down