Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site
© Rosalind Davies 2001

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Tyrella Parish


St John's Church of Ireland, Tyrella

St. John's Church of Ireland


This parish church was built on the site of an old medieval Catholic parish church. The stones from the old church were removed by Rev. Mr. Hamilton and used in the building of Tyrella House. This newer church was built in 1840 and rebuilt 1870. The first rector was Rev. John F. Gordon from Downpatrick parish church.

Newspaper articles from Down Recorder;
new church officially opened 10 & 17 Sep 1842: windows broken 17 Dec 1842: church school 28 Oct 1843; Rev J.H. Freke 20 Jun 1857; gossipings about parish 3 Jan 1862; church reopened 5 Oct 1872; address to Rev. Thomas Furlong Martin, rector 1 Jun 1878;choral service 9 Oct 1924*

Records from 1839, 20th century graveyard; there is a separate field with burials from the nearby British military/airforce base dating from 1907

This photo was kindly taken for me by Brian McCleary.

References;DR; DAIPC p34; V 9 MIs; GIC: GIPR; O'L V1 p 129; DR*

by Ros Davies