Ardmore Terrace, Croft Rd, Holywood

Holywood North ATC is located to the north of Holywood Conservation Area. Consisting of predominantly residential land use, it centres on Victoria Road and Croft Road with suburban villas and terraces, which were built in the first half of the nineteenth century, so as to enjoy the views over Belfast Lough. A combination of antiquity, fine nineteenth century dwellings, the mature trees and gardens, the varied topography, the narrow meandering roads and the periodic and varied views afforded of the sea, make this an area of significant quality and townscape character.

A notable example is Ardmore Terrace. My grandfather, Charles Grant, lifed here for many years. My father's mother, that is my grandmother, died here in Jan 1947, and my grandfather re-married in Dec 1947, which my parents considered indecent haste, and indicative that he had had an ongoing liasion with Isabel Young during the long period of time that his wife had been living in England

Initially my parents went to live here with my grandfather. It appears to have been an arrangement that suited neither party, and we soon moved to a nearby flat in the same terraced row - Ardmore, in Hollywood , Co Down. We lived here until 1949, when the family moved to Knockagh, a house in High St, Hollywood, and not far from Ardmore. I assume the move was because my brother Charlie was on the way (he was born in March 1949) and that the Ardmore flat would have been too small for a family of four.

Charles Grant outside his house    
Charles Grant off to a do    


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