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Tollymore: the Story of an Irish Demesne (Soft Back)


By The Earl of Roden, 2005. Soft Back, 193pp, 130 illustrations and photographs

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Few Demesne landscapes can rival the magical beauty of Tollymore’s woody parkland or its incomparable setting in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains. For over two centuries, visitors have eulogised about its fine views and plantations, admired its tree collections, itr romantic streams and waterfalls, and marvelled at its distinctive buildings, many of which were designed by Thomas Wright, the famous 18th Century English astronomer and garden designer. Now a forest park, Tollymore is one of Ireland’s most visited beauty spots and a jewel in the heritage of Ulster.

Drawing from a wealth of previously unpublished material in the forms of letters, diaries, memoirs, estate documents and family reminisces, combined with a field analysis of its physical features, the author traces the story of this unique demesne in a pioneering and lucidly written study. He shows how Tollymore evolved from an early 18th Century deer park providing sport and much sought-after venison to a flourishing country estate and family home. As often in Ireland, political strife, famine and a near-disastrous fire form part of the narrative.

The book particularly highlights the architecture and landscaping of Tollymore, and a site gazetteer helps locate and describe features of the demesne. It also features a wealth of illustrations including paintings, engravings,  drawings, exquisite Bernard Scal maps and numerous photographs; which all contribute to this vivid portrayal of an integral and intriguing aspect of Irish history and culture.

Weight 883 g
Dimensions 22 × 1.3 × 27.5 cm