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Ballyculter CI

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County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Ballyculter CI

Civil Parish : Ballyculter

Town / Townland : Ballyculter Upper

OS Reference : J573473

Other Information : This is on a small road in the village of Churchtown and townland of Ballyculter Upper There was certainly a church in Ballyculter in mediaeval times but at the time of the taxation of Pope Nicholas it was united with Saul and in 1622, like so many others, it was a ruin The present church was built in 1723 and registers survive as follows:-baptisms from 1777, marriages and burials from 1812 Roman Catholic registers for Ballyculter and Ballee date from 1844 (baptism) and 1843 (marriage) Presbyterian registers for Strangford date from 1846 (baptism) and 1848 (marriage) The oldest stone in the graveyard dates from 1692 and all prior to 1865 have been copied The graveyard is in a wild and uneven condition and many stones appear to have been uprooted and left lying loosely or broken up There are 7 round-topped vaults but only 4 of these have inscriptions prior to 1865 There are also vaults under the south transept but these are closed There are no old memorial tablets in the church The Ward (Viscount Bangor) family have an area enclosed by yew trees to the south-east of the main graveyard but no memorials are prior to 1865.

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