The Ordnance Survey Memoirs are a uniquely detailed source for the history of the northern half of Ireland immediately before the Great Famine. They were written in the 1830s to accompany the Ordnance Survey maps, but were not published at the time.
In these new editions they act as a 19th century Domesday book and are essential to the understanding of the cultural heritage of their communities. They document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, and employment and livelihood of the parishes.
This volume contains the Memoirs for Newry and 11 other parishes in South Down. They provide fascinating detail about the countryside and coastal region of the Mourne District and document the port and commercial centre of Newry at the height of its importance, before the age of the railway. The volume also covers Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Newcastle, Rathfriland and Kilkeel.