Tuesday, 21 July 2015
In May, 2013, I spent a memorable day in the city of Armagh, County Armagh.
This was my first visit to the ecclesiastical capital for a number of years.
Incidentally, I urge readers to pay this beautiful little primatial city a visit. It is utterly fascinating.
I motored in a south-westerly direction and, given that it was such a fine day, kept the hood down the entire way.
I parked at The Mall, where my first port-of-call was the County Museum, a fairly modest establishment, though of considerable interest.
On the first floor many items were on display, including various uniforms and costumes.
One example (top) was the scarlet tunic and breeches ~ court dress ~ as worn by the 5th Earl of Caledon, when he was a page-boy to EDWARD VII at His Majesty's coronation.
THENCE I admired the prospect from The Mall, which I crossed, ambling along several streets before I reached the old market-place, en route to Armagh (Anglican) Cathedral, on the hill.
This is a relatively small cathedral, certainly in comparison with its counterparts in England; though it is a veritable treasure-trove of ancient relics, statuary and stained-glass inside.
There are memorial plaques to many of the old county families, including the 1st Lord Armaghdale, Sir Thomas Molyneux Bt (below), of Castle Dillon, and the Blackers of Carrickblacker.
I hadn't been aware of the Cathedral Gardens, which I walked through.
The See House (above) replaced a residence of ca 1973.
It was built in 2011 as the official residence of the Lord Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland.
The last archbishop to live at Armagh Palace (now council offices) was the Most Rev Dr George Otto Simms.
First published in May, 2013.