Ballintoy Parish Church

Ballintoy Parish Church is the main Church of Ireland church of Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The church, located a short distance from the town, is one of the most northerly churches in the Diocese of Connor.[1] It is a Grade-B+ listed building.[2]

Ballintoy Church of Ireland parish church

HistoryEdit

The church as it now stands was completed in 1813 as a replacement for an older structure.[1] It was built under the auspices of Revd Robert Trail to a plan drawn by Henry Wynne.[1] In June 1857, a new organ was installed by Dublin-based firm Telford & Telford, at a cost of £37.[1] A renovation was undertaken in 1883 and involved adding a new pulpit, pews, flooring and heating.[1] Repairs were also made to the roof and spire.[citation needed] Further roof repairs were undertaken following damage caused by a hurricane in December 1894.[1]

ArchitectureEdit

The church is two bays in length, with a single north transept, the tower being retained from an earlier building.[1] Between the nave and the transept is a small chapel or baptistry.[citation needed]

FeaturesEdit

On an exterior wall of the church is a sun dial and tide clock which are dated by an inscription to 1817.[3][4]

Though no longer rung, the old church bell bears the following inscription:

"Archibald Stewart gave me: Charles, his son, re-cast me, anno 1686 and Archibald the son of Charles re-cast and augmented me anno 1718"[5]

The communion plate or chalice is reputed to have been manufactured before 1638 by Dublin silversmith James Vanderbeg or Vanderbeck.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ballintoy Church". ballintoy.connor.anglican.org. Parishes of Ballintoy, Dunseverick and Rathlin Island. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Heritage listing - Historic Building Details - Ballintoy Parish Church". communities-ni.gov.uk. Northern Ireland Department for Communities. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Your Place and Mine - The Ballintoy Tide Clock". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim 1817". curiousireland.ie. Curious Ireland. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ "North Antrim Coastal Parish". ballycastlehistory.com. Retrieved 22 December 2019.

Coordinates: 55°14′24″N 6°22′02″W / 55.2401°N 6.3671°W / 55.2401; -6.3671