Holywood is a town on the County Down shore of Belfast Lough. But did you know that Holywood is also a townland?
Coming from Belfast, you reach Holywood townland when you cross Jackson’s Road. The railway station, the shops on High Street and Church Road, and the Maypole are all in this townland. Then the Twisel Burn river marks the boundary with Ballykeel townland.
According to the PLACENAMESNI.org website, the English name Holywood has been used from the 13th century. There is no connection with the holly tree, even though we pronounce our “one-L” Holywood in the same way as the “two-L” American Hollywood.
The opening of the railway in the 19th century brought holidaymakers from Belfast to Holywood, but when the line was extended, most of those tourists went on to Bangor instead.
In that photo you can see Holywood Golf Club and Sullivan Upper School. I went to school at Sullivan. That was a long time ago, but in 2014 I was part of the crowd holding up this giant flag in the school colours at a cup final when my young cousin was still playing rugby for the school.
Which county is Holywood in? County Down.
Which civil parish is Holywood in? Holywood.
Click here to read more about the name of the townland on the PLACENAMESNI.org website.