Our history

Watters memorialRegent Street was built and developed in the early part of the 19th Century as the new route for horse-drawn carriages and wagons, travelling from Belfast through Newtownards to the new cross-channel service from Donaghadee to Portpatrick.

It was designed on a grand scale compared to other town centre streets with a wide road, impressive buildings and large houses in which the wealthiest inhabitants lived. In 1834 a group of local Presbyterians decided to form a new congregation and they selected a site on the southern side of the street, on which to erect a substantial church building.

This church has been the continuous place of worship for many generations of local families since, and is still living and sharing God’s Good News today.


The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland

If you would like to learn more of where Presbyterians come from and how they came to Ireland the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland can help.

Founded in 1907 the Society seeks to explore and promote an understanding of the history of Presbyterianism in Ireland. This is achieved by various means, including the collection and preservation of printed material, archives and artefacts, the production of publications and an annual programme of talks and outings.

You can visit the The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland website at www. presbyterianhistoryireland.com.