Articles on Local History
A History of Bangor A History of Bangor
Ian Wilson
A timeline of the town's history since 500 BC, when Bronze age settlers were living in the area, up until the present day

Local Heroes of the Great War Local Heroes of the Great War
Ellen Elder
During the Great War, the civilian population, in the absence of home radio, was receiving the bulk of its information about the conflict from local daily and weekly papers.

An idea whose time had come … An idea whose time had come …
Ellen Elder
The introduction of British Summer Time in 1916 seemed simple enough - however it proved slightly more complicated in Bangor!

What can you tell us? What can you tell us?
Don Patterson
Can you tell us more about this mystery photograph supplied by Nick Wolsey?

9th Century Bells Exhibition 9th Century Bells Exhibition
North Down Musueum
An exhibition in North Down Museum from 20 May to 28 June is bringing together three important early Christian bells - the Bangor Bell (above), the Lough Lene Bell and the Cashel Bell - for first time since they were cast over 1,200 years ago!

Bangor Christian Heritage Trail and Mobile App Bangor Christian Heritage Trail and Mobile App
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Ards and North Down Borough Council, with support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, are promoting the recently established “Bangor Christian Heritage Walking Trail and Mobile App”.

Ulster Sayings that mean something to me - so they do! Ulster Sayings that mean something to me - so they do!
Ellen Elder
Ellen Elder takes a look back at some of the more amusing Ulster Sayings from her youth.

How First Bangor nearly lost its tree … How First Bangor nearly lost its tree …
Ellen Elder
Perhaps the best known landmark in Bangor Town Centre, for visitors and residents alike, is “the church with the big tree” on Main Street. The tree was planted around 1843 by First Presbyterian Church Bangor’s longest serving minister, Rev Hugh Woods.

Northern Ireland and Tierra del Fuego Northern Ireland and Tierra del Fuego
Ellen Elder
Captain Mahood of Portavogie and the crew of the River Lagan were shipwrecked on uninhabited Staten Island for six weeks; and then there is Captain Robert Fitzroy of the Beagle.

Killymoon and the Stone Circles Killymoon and the Stone Circles
Ellen Elder
Ellen Elder reports on the Spring Outing to Kilymoon and Beaghmore.

Cockle Row, Groomsport - beachcomber's delight! Cockle Row, Groomsport - beachcomber's delight!
Ian Wilson
The little beach in front of these ancient cottages seems at first glance like any other shingly patch of sand. But closer inspection reveals a curious thing.