Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Palatial Pictures


Several days ago, I passed the village of Clogher, County Tyrone, en route to County Fermanagh.

I took the opportunity of visiting the former episcopal palace, which is directly adjacent to the little cathedral.

This elegant Classical mansion house of 1819-22 was begun the the great Lord John Bereford, during his tenure as Bishop of Clogher before becoming Lord Primate and Archbishop of Armagh.

The Rt Rev and Hon Percy Jocelyn, who succeeded Lord John, continued the task; and his successor, the Rt Rev Lord John Tottenham, completed the building of the palace.

Lord John was almost certainly the final Bishop of Clogher to live at the palace before the Church sold it.


The old palace is now a care home. A fine gate lodge is in excellent condition and remains inhabited.

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