H4085 : Stewart Castle, Newtownstewart

taken 19 years ago, near to Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Stewart Castle, Newtownstewart
Stewart Castle, Newtownstewart
This large 3 storey plantation house with crow stepped gables. This fine building effectively closes the vista at the foot of the main street. Built in 1619 by Sir Robert Newcomen and described in the 1622 survey as "a Castle of lyme & stone of good strength, 4 stories high... about it is a Bawne of lyme & stone, 81ft long, 66ft broad & 9ft high, with 2 Flankers..." It is of the type of contemporary English Manor houses, with little defensive equipment. It was burned during the 1641 insurrection, and then rebuilt. In 1689 it was occupied for a night by James II who on his return from the siege of Derry then ordered its destruction. Excavations on the site in 1999 recovered 4 large burnt posts from the doorway in the E. curtain wall, which have been carbon-dated to 1616/1617.Stewart Castle has also the distinction of being the site of a significant Bronze Age discovery: An intact double cyst grave and capstone. It contained two decorated vessels lying adjacent to cremated remains approximately 4,000 years old - more at LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 May, 2005   (more nearby)
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Monday, 12 September, 2005
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Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! H 401 856 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.0577N 7:22.6547W
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Irish: geotagged! H 401 856
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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