Ballywalter is a seaside village on the Ards Peninsula of County Down, but did you know that it’s also a townland?
According to the website of PLACENAMESNI, the name has an Anglo-Norman origin as “Walter(s)ton”, was gaelicized as Baile Bhaltair, and then re-anglicized to Ballywalter. Who was Walter? PLACENAMESNI does not identify him. One suggestion, put forward in the Ballywalter Walking Leaflet, is Walter de Arquilla.
I had already found gravestones with Ballywalter inscriptions on my earlier visit to Whitechurch Cemetery.
Back at the harbour, I consulted the Ballywalter Walking Leaflet to find out more about this statue. It’s called “Echoes of Awareness”, and was created in 2001 by Ned Jackson Smyth, using handprints of local children.
Which county is Ballywalter in? County Down
Which civil parish is Ballywalter in? Ballywalter
Which townlands border Ballywalter? To the north, Whitechurch. To the west, Ballyatwood. To the south, Springvale. To the east, the Irish Sea.