Tour of Dromore

Lagan Valley from the Mound

Lagan Valley from the Mound, Dromore

Lagan Valley from the Mound, Dromore

Dromore is an expanding town nestled into the heart of the rolling hills of Mid Down.
Today Dromore, lying adjacent to the main arterial route way between Belfast and Dublin, is a growing satellite town serving both Lisburn and Belfast.
Dotted throughout the town there is abundant evidence to show that the town has a long history.
The name Dromore means “a great ridge” and most certainly refers to the motte and bailey built after the Norman Conquest.
Behind the well-known landmarks of the town lies a deeper message of our needs as human beings and God’s answer in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Old Castle Ruins

The Old Castle Ruins

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Old Castle Ruins

Near the centre of the town in Castle Street lie the crumbling ruins of a stone tower house built for the protection of Bishop Todd in and around 1610.

The dilapidated remains are a visual reminder of what man is like today in comparison with his former glory when God created Adam and Eve.

Sin has wrecked and destroyed the lives of human beings leaving people’s lives like crumbling ruins.

Ruin and misery mark their ways

Romans 3:16

The Stocks

The Stocks

The Stocks

One of Dromore’s best-known features is The Stocks located just outside the town hall door in the middle of the Square.

These stocks are well over one hundred years old. It is not difficult to imagine men and women trapped fast in them as they endured the just punishment set out to them by the authorities.

The Stocks are a picture of guilt and punishment.

The Bible makes it clear that because of sin we are all as human beings guilty before God.

We have willing broken His law and deserve to be punished.

All have turned away Romans 3:12

The wages of sin is death Romans 6:23

The War Memorial

The War Memorial

The War Memorial

In the centre of the town stands the reminder of the wars that many of our brave citizens of past years fought and died in.

The erect soldier armed for battle a reminder not only of the war that rages in people’s hearts one for the other, but also a pointer to the reason for all wars – that mankind is at war with God.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour Colossians 1:21

Dromore Town Cemetry

Dromore Town Cemetry

Dromore Town Cemetry

There are several cemeteries throughout the town. The municipal cemetery on the road past the Mound sits idyllically overlooking the meandering River Lagan.
But like all cemeteries it speaks of one shocking reality of life – DEATH. The Bible tells us that death is not a natural thing but an ugly intruder. It has come about as the consequence of sin. Although man likes to joke about death it is the thing that many fear most of all. The wages of sin is death Romans 6:23
it is appointed to man once to die Hebrews 9:27
Beyond the grave there is a further death to face for all who die without Jesus Christ, the Bible calls it hell, a place of terrible pain and unending anguish.

The Bridge, Dromore

The Bridge, Dromore

The Bridge

In the centre of the town there are two bridges spanning the River Lagan – one in Bridge Street and the other adjacent to the famous Dromore Cathedral. These bridges were no doubt erected at appropriate crossing points of the river and today bring both sides of the river together.

In these bridges we are reminded of our deepest need as human beings. As sinners we have become separated from God and we need someone to bridge the chasm, someone who can reconcile us to God and God to man.

Like the rest we were by nature objects of wrath . Ephesians 2:3

The Mound, Dromore

The Mound, Dromore

The Mound

Rising over the town of Dromore just on the outskirts is the famous Mound. Established 100s of years ago as a place of safety from attack it reminds us another hill that speaks of safety – the hill of Golgotha.

Outside the city of Jerusalem on a cruel Roman cross Jesus Christ laid down His life so that sinners could find a safe place from the holy wrath of God against sin.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

The Celtic Cross, Dromore

The Celtic Cross, Dromore

The Celtic Cross

The Celtic cross that today stands near the cathedral dates back as far as the 9th century. It is a well-known landmark and a must for any visitor’s snaps.

Again in our history we are pointed away to the cross of Jesus Christ. At the cross, the eternal Son of God, made flesh, willingly laid down His life, dying as a substitute in the place of many.

Only Christ’s death can deal with our sin and wipe away that deep stain and make us ready for heaven.

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep . John 10:11

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ . Ephesians 2:13

The Water Pump, Dromore

The Water Pump, Dromore

The Water Pump

If you are tired during your tour of the town you can always take a seat in the Square and there inside the railings you will see one of the old water pumps. In the past they quenched the thirst of many.

On one occasion when Jesus Christ walked on the earth he said to a lady whose life was barren and dry – whoever drinks the water I give Him will never be thirsty again . John 4:14

Perhaps as you read this article you are coming to realise just how dry and barren and without meaning your life really is. Only Jesus Christ can remove that dry barrenness of sin and give life to. Today He commands men and women to fall before Him, trust in his death to deal with their sin and guilt and turn from their sin and follow Him.

Dromore Town Hall Tower Clock

Dromore Town Hall Tower Clock

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

The Town Hall Tower Clock

As you take your seat in the Square one last feature of our town will catch your eye – the town hall clock.

As you have read or taken this tour many minutes have passed by. Your life is closer to the end now than five minutes ago.

There is no time to waste, it is time to turn to Jesus Christ and find life to the full and life everlasting.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

Don’t put it off a moment longer – Christ is willing to receive all who call on Him alone to save them from their sins.