Helen's Bay is a village on the northern coast of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Ballygrot (from Irish Baile gCrot 'settlement of hillocks'),[1] between Holywood, Crawfordsburn and Bangor. It is served by a railway station and had a population of 1,390 in the 2011 Census. It is part of the Ards and North Down Borough Council area.

Helen's Bay
Helen's Bay station (2) - geograph.org.uk - 768614.jpg
Helen's Bay railway station
Helen's Bay is located in County Down
Helen's Bay
Helen's Bay
Location within County Down
Population1,390 (2011 Census)
• Belfast9 mi (14.5 km)
District
County
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBANGOR
Postcode districtBT19
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down
54°40′12″N 5°44′06″W / 54.670°N 5.735°W / 54.670; -5.735Coordinates: 54°40′12″N 5°44′06″W / 54.670°N 5.735°W / 54.670; -5.735

HistoryEdit

The village is named after Helen Blackwood, Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye (née Sheridan), who owned Clandeboye Estate and was the mother of Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava.[2]

Places of interestEdit

Crawfordsburn Country Park, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough, features 3.5 km (2 mi) of coastline and a small beach. The Park also includes Grey Point Fort, a coastal battery and gun emplacement dating from 1904 and updated during World War II. It now houses a military museum. Helen's Bay Golf Club is located within the village and has a 9-hole course. Chef Michael Deane previously owned a restaurant in the village.[3][4]

2011 CensusEdit

 
Grey Point Fort.

Helen's Bay is classified by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) as being within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,362 people living in Helen's Bay. Of these:

  • 20.1% were aged under 17 years and 27.6% were aged 65 and over
  • 47.9% of the population were male and 52.1% were female
  • 65.8% identified as Protestant, 22.2% as non-religious and 10.9% as Roman Catholic specifically.
  • 1.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

PeopleEdit

Swimmer Andrew Bree is from Helen's Bay. Local celebrity chef Michael Deane won his 1st Michelin star at Deane's on the Square restaurant. This was only the second Michelin star to be awarded in Northern Ireland.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Helens Bay climate station (43m elevation) 1981–2010 averages
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.6
(45.7)
8.0
(46.4)
10.0
(50.0)
12.2
(54.0)
15.2
(59.4)
17.6
(63.7)
19.4
(66.9)
19.1
(66.4)
17.0
(62.6)
13.4
(56.1)
10.0
(50.0)
7.9
(46.2)
13.1
(55.6)
Average low °C (°F) 2.9
(37.2)
2.7
(36.9)
3.8
(38.8)
5.0
(41.0)
7.2
(45.0)
9.7
(49.5)
11.6
(52.9)
11.6
(52.9)
10.1
(50.2)
7.8
(46.0)
5.2
(41.4)
3.4
(38.1)
6.8
(44.2)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 91.1
(3.59)
64.0
(2.52)
75.5
(2.97)
62.2
(2.45)
61.0
(2.40)
69.8
(2.75)
66.3
(2.61)
79.4
(3.13)
76.3
(3.00)
96.2
(3.79)
94.1
(3.70)
94.1
(3.70)
930.1
(36.62)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 14.4 11.4 13.0 10.7 11.6 10.8 11.7 12.4 11.5 13.7 14.4 13.7 149.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 49.8 74.6 108.2 157.1 200.4 168.7 161.2 154.1 124.5 96.0 60.1 41.9 1,396.6
Source: metoffice.gov.uk[5]

TransportEdit

Telephone ExchangeEdit

Although small, Helen's Bay still has its own BT Telephone exchange. Local numbers exist in the following formats:

  • (028) 9185 2XXX
  • (028) 9185 3XXX
  • (028) 9185 4XXX

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Helen's Bay". Helen’s Bay | Visit Ards and North Down. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  3. ^ North Down Borough Council Archived 2006-10-03 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Culture Northern Ireland Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Climate Normals 1981–2010". Met Office. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Helen's Bay" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 28 August 2007.