Saint Marks Parish Church

A fine Gothic church in perpendicular style. Built of Scrabo ashlar stone with pinnacled buttresses and square tower at entrance. The stained glass with tracery infil is worthy of note. Listed building.
The rector before his death in 1789 was Rev. Hugh Caldwell. There were 1000 Church of Ireland adherents in Newtownards in 1816 so a new church was built in 1817 in the Gothic style. This church replaced an older church (Priory, above) in the south of the town. Rev. Mark Cassidy was rector for 31 years until 1839. It was described in 1836 as the prettiest building in town. It cost £5446 of which £831 was a gift and £3692 a loan from Board of First Fruits. The rest came from Lord Londonderry . The rector in 1846 & 1852 was Rev. Townley Blackwood & in 1860, 1862 Rev. James/ Hugh McCormick & in 1910 Rev. W.L.T. Waltham with Rev. C.P. Fisher as curate.

Burials in Movilla graveyard
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

On corner at traffic lights, Church Street/Regent Street junction.
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Contact Details

Church Street
Newtownards
Down
BT23 4AN

Tel: (028) 9181 2527