A Heritage From Stone: The Era of Elegance

A Heritage From Stone: The Era of Elegance

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Ardress House, Armagh, Bellamont House Cootehill, Berwick Hall Moira, Castle Ward, Castlewellan, Clifton House Belfast, Killymoon Castle, Knockbreda, Knockbreda Church, Southwell Charity School, Downpatrick, Springhill House, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum





26min 24sec




Betacam SP



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It’s only when the country is settled, stable and peaceful that civilization exists. Ireland has seen many troubled days in its history but as the 17th century slipped away; a degree of stability was seen in Ulster which made it possible to develop the local era of elegance.

In this episode of the series Brian Boyd explores the architectural developments of this period from simple traditional style houses such as Berwick Hall near Moira, County Down to the more intricate Palladian-style villa, Bellamont House, at Cootehill designed by Edward Lovett Pearce for his uncle. He also visits Ardress House where simplicity turned into elegance by remodelling and Castle Ward, known for its fusion of Classical & Strawberry Hill Gothic style. These houses were designed to impress, and they were some of the last houses in the elegant twilight of an idyllic rural life and very soon the industry and urban development would step in and change it all.


Ulster Television would like to thank

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The Armagh County Museum
The National Trust
Brian & Catherine Mills
George and Margaret Wilson
Tom Coulter


Written by Brian Boyd
Produced and Directed by Ruth Johnston
Music Composed by John Anderson
Advisor: Alistair Rowan University College, Dublin
Stills: Kenneth McNally
Graphic Design: Brian Owens
Production Assistant: Sara Bell
Lighting: Maurice Blair
Camera: Sam Christie
Location Sound: Rai Woods
Sound Mixer: Colin Somerville
Picture Editor: Brian O’Rourke



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