1895 Print over 100 years old Ardglass General View of the Harbour


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Old print photograph out of a book, the edition was dated 1895.

The page is over 100 years old and in very good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm, available also in just a gold frame, your choice.  RTC.195.

Entitled – Ardglass.

Below the picture an inscription read:  

Ardglass – On a high promontory, stretching out into the Irish Channel, stands Ardglass, about seven miles south-east from Downpatrick.

At one time this was the principal port of all Ulster, and was considered to be of such great importance as to require the protection of no fewer than five castles, the ruins of which are still to be seen.

Although these palmy days are gone, Ardglass even yet enjoys a good deal of trade, being the head-quarters of the northern herring fishery, in which something like 3,000 fishermen are engaged.

It is also an attractive bathing-place for the residents of Downpatrick and the vicinity.

There is an excellent harbour here, and vessels of 500 tons can come in at all times.

The name of Ardglass (in Irish, “Ardglas” – “green height”) is derived from its position between two hills – the Ward of Ardglass on the west, and the Ward of Ardtole on the east; both of these are useful landmarks to sailors.

A large trading company obtained a grant from Henry IV. and settled here; and it is probably to them that must be ascribed the erection of the New Works, a very singular range of buildings overlooking the rocks of the bay.

These are 250ft. in length, and are flanked by a square tower at each end, in addition to one in the centre, the intervening walls being entered by fifteen arched doorways, between each of which is a square window.

The whole was evidently used as a fortified warehouse for merchants in troublous times.

Overlooking the town on the north-west is the ancient King’s Castle, which has been incorporated with the handsome modern residence of Mr. A. de V. Beauclerk, the proprietor of the town.

It was from the King’s Castle that the above fine view of the harbour was taken. 

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