Gilford, Co. Down

Gilford is a village in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The village lies on the banks of the River Bann in the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Gilford Village

Gilford

Co. Down

United Kingdom

Gilford is a village in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The village lies on the banks of the River Bann in the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council area. The name derives from 'Magill's Ford'.

The town lies between Portadown, Banbridge, and Tandragee on the border of Co. Down and Co. Armagh. The railway between the village and Tandragee closed on 4th January 1965.

Although a small village, Gilford boasts a castle dating to 1865. The castle and surrounding areas were home to many troops during World War Two.

American Forces in Gilford

The following American forces were based in the village of Gilford, Co. Down between 1943 and 1944. If you have more information on exact bases, please get in touch.

Start DateEnd DateUnits
18/10/194316/06/1944115th Chemical Processing Company
19436th Cavalry

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of Gilford's World War Two heritage.

Map showing Elmfield Prisoner of War Camp, Gilford, Co. Down

Elmfield Prisoner of War Camp, Gilford, Co. Down

Moyallan Road, Gilford, Co. Down

The polo fields and grounds of a large stately home in Gilford, Co. Down became Elmfield prisoner of war camp in 1945. Around 1,800 German troops were held.

Map showing Gilford Castle, Gilford, Co. Down

Gilford Castle, Gilford, Co. Down

Banbridge Road, Gilford, Co. Down

In 1945, troops of the 4th (Steenstraete) Infantry Brigade of the Belgian Army occupied the grounds of Gilford Castle as they reformed in Northern Ireland.

Map showing Gilford War Memorial, Mill Street, Gilford, Co. Down

Gilford War Memorial, Mill Street, Gilford, Co. Down

Mill Street, Gilford, Co. Down

Gilford War Memorial stands at a prominent junction in the rural Co. Down town. It commemorates the dead of both World Wars including 22 from World War Two.

Map showing Hill Street, Gilford, Co. Down

Hill Street, Gilford, Co. Down

Gilford, Co. Down

Nothing remains of old Hill Street in Gilford, Co. Down. During the 19th century, it was home to hundreds of millworkers. Belgian troops visited in 1945.

Map showing Kernan Lough Search Battery, Gilford, Co. Down

Kernan Lough Search Battery, Gilford, Co. Down

Kernan Road, Gilford, Co. Down

Kernan Lough is a popular fishing spot near Gilford in Co. Down but in the early 1940s, it was home to a Searchlight Battery Unit of the Ulster Home Guard.