Today’s townland is Templepatrick. This is my missing jigsaw piece on the coast south of Donaghadee. It is a small townland of only 13 hectares (32 acres).
If you look away from the coast, the most visible part of Templepatrick is the carpark.
I keep coming back to the carpark when I’m out photographing for this blog. It is an attractive place to stop and check my notes and maps. It’s well fortified too, as the concrete structure above the carpark is a pillbox dating from the Second World War.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, there are legends of a well with healing qualities, and the imprint of Saint Patrick’s hand and foot being left on a rock near the shore.
If you are interested in pillboxes, you can find out more about their history on these websites:
- the Pillbox Study Group
- a website about the Second World War in Northern Ireland. If you click through to Page 2 of their information on County Down, and scroll down, you can see an image of the Templepatrick pillbox, under the heading “Ballyvester, Donaghadee.”
Which civil parish is Templepatrick in? Donaghadee.