Sunday, 12 February 2012

Downpatrick Visit


I have spent a large part of the day on a visit to the county town of County Down, Downpatrick.

My first stop was at Down Cathedral, where I photographed many antiquities in the nave, and the Cromwell (Earls of Ardglass) memorial plaque in the Porch.

The new mausoleum of the Hastings family (Sir William Hastings CBE), directly overlooking the cathedral, in the new grave-yard, has pinnacles similar to the cathedral, and a stone roof.

The nave contains many colourful coats-of-arms, of old landed county families, including Lord Dufferin, Lord Annesley, the Rowan-Hamiltons, the Halls of Narrow Water, the Kers of Montalto and Portavo, and the Mulhollands, Lords Dunleath.

I lunched at Denvir's Hotel, in English Street.

After a wholesome roast chicken lunch, my second stop was the old Downpatrick Gaol.

On display is a Deputy Lieutenant's uniform of ca 1890, thought to belong to a Graham of Larchfield.

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