J4973 : The Castlebawn roundabout, Newtownards (1)

taken 12 years ago, near to Newtownards and Drumhirk, Northern Ireland

The Castlebawn roundabout, Newtownards (1)
The Castlebawn roundabout, Newtownards (1)
The sign approaching the roundabout from the Portaferry direction. The white space will, doubtless, be filled by a patch when the shopping centre is built. There is also a “low-flying aircraft” sign (bottom right) to warn of the approach to the aerodrome J4972 : Runway, Newtownards aerodrome (2). Scrabo Tower J4772 : Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (3) dominates the background. Continue to J4973 : The Castlebawn roundabout, Newtownards (2).
The Castlebawn roundabout, Newtownards

The Southern Relief Road (completed in 2009) joins the Belfast road to the Portaferry Road bypassing the town centre. The Castlebawn roundabout will serve the proposed Castlebawn shopping centre.

Scrabo Tower near Newtownards :: J4772

Designed by Charles Laynon, the tower was built in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, who died in 1854.

The design for the tower was held as a competition, with a strict limit of cost set at £2000. Lanyon's effort only came fourth in the competition but his design was chosen as it fell within the required budget - in actual fact the 135 foot tower was to cost £3010 to complete.

The foundation stone was laid on March 6th 1857 in an elaborate ceremony attended by the new Marquess and Marchioness, the Bishop of Down and many of the county's gentry, preceded to the top of the hill by the Marquess's Highland piper. A jar was cemented into the foundations containing an inscribed scroll to the late Marquess, copies of local and national newspapers of the day, an Ordnance Survey map of County Down, coins of the realm and a list of 600 subscribers who contributed towards the cost of the tower - the list was headed by the Emperor Napoleon III of France.

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Friday, 29 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 29 January, 2010
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Irish: geotagged! J 492 733 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.1760N 5:41.4966W
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