Whitechurch townland lies north of the town of Ballywalter on the Ards Peninsula, with this view of the Irish Sea.
Enough of the gates, you ask, where is the white church of the townland name? The original 13th century church lies in ruins, in Whitechurch Cemetery on Dunover Road.
Since 1704, when a new church was built at nearby Balligan, the site has been used purely as a graveyard. The Church of Ireland congregation is now based at Holy Trinity Ballywalter, which was built in 1849.
I started this post by showing you the coastline of Whitechurch, so I will finish with photos of the seals swimming there. Tempted to join them? According to www.seatemperature.org the water temperature at the surface of the sea at Ballywalter today was only 9.4°C (49°F).
Which county is Whitechurch in? County Down
Which parish is Whitechurch in? Ballywalter
Which townlands border Whitechurch? To the north, Ballyferis. To the east, the Irish Sea. To the south, Ballywalter and Dunover. To the west, Ballyatwood.
Click here to see a map of Whitechurch on Townlands.IE, which gives this reference for the location of the townland – 54° 33′ 18″ N, 5° 29′ 49″ W.