From Donaghadee I headed south to the next townland of Ballyvester. Ballyvester has a bit of everything, from the Irish sea (can you spot the tiny bit of sea under the red postbox?) to hilly farmland.
Every time I thought Ballyvester was entirely rural, I turned a corner and found more houses, including some using the townland name in Vester Cove. So it makes sense that this townland would have its own school.
Ballyvester Primary School opened as a National school in 1842. It currently has 112 pupils, with a teaching staff of six.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, Ballyvester means “Wester’s townland” from the relatively rare English surname Wester. Over the centuries the spelling of the townland has wandered through all possible vowels, using “vaster”, “waster”, “westor” and more.
As usual I went looking for the name on gravestones. This time I found a whole cemetery.
Which other townlands border Ballyvester? To the north, Town Parks of Donaghadee and (across Killaughey Road) Carryreagh and Ballyhay. To the west, Killaghy. To the south, Craigboy and Templepatrick. To the east, just the Irish Sea.
Which civil parish is Ballyvester in? Donaghadee
Which council area is Ballyvester in? Ards and North Down.
Which county is Ballyvester in? County Down.