Further along the coast is Audley’s Castle overlooking Strangford Lough. This tower was built by the Audley family in the Fifteenth Century but passed to the Ward family in 1646 and by1738 was included as an eye catcher with their estate at Castle Ward. The castle is a Monument in State Care within an estate now controlled by the National Trust. In recent years it has formed a backdrop for the filming of Game of Thrones (Robb Stark’s Camp, Series 1)
Back to Co Down. This is Ardglass, an Anglo Norman settlement along the coast which originally had city walls and seven tower houses. Remnants of this remain focused on a still busy harbour.
Time to head back up the road. This is the Custom House in Dublin one of the city’s fine set piece pieces of Eighteenth Century architecture. Designed by James Gandon it was completed in 1791. It is located near to Connolly Station and the train to Belfast
I've been at a conference in Dublin Castle for the past few days. This a view from the Dubh Linn Garden behind the castle. This view shows the best preserved of the castle's four Norman towers dating from the Thirteenth Century flanked by the state rooms of the Eighteenth Century and the Chapel of the Nineteenth.
Three miles from Dundrum is Clough Castle. This was another Anglo Norman foundation. A motte and bailey castle it originally had timber defences but appears to have acquired stone fort at an early stage
Dundrum Castle itself was commenced by John De Courcy soon after the Anglo Norman invasion of Ulster in 1177. It is located on a commanding height overlooking Dundrum Bay and controlled the costal route north from Droheda to Downpatrick. The main focus of the site is the huge circular keep.
Nice day for a drive. Tirmony Dolmen near Maghera is worth a visit. This is a prehistoric tomb at least 4,000 - 6,000 years old. Today it is well situated and imparts great character to its surroundings.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West and further afield with a little information about their history.