A Heritage From Stone: The Grand Plan

A Heritage From Stone: The Grand Plan

Sorry, this film is not available for viewing in your region

Unfortunately, due to copyright permissions we are unable to show this video in your area.



Ballygally Castle, Carrickfergus Castle, Castle Monea, Dalways Bawn, Derry, Derry Walls, Donegal Castle, Moneymore, Richhill, Upper Ballinderry, Walls of Derry





26min 27sec




Betacam SP



Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, UTV Archive

Rights Holder


It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.


If you want to see the effect of the first large scale planning scheme that really worked look no further. Ulster is a good example. Brian Boyd takes a closer look at the Grand Plan, the Plantation of Ulster, explores the socio-political context and its architectural manifestations.

The Flight of Earls in 1607 marks the end of Celtic civilisation as this event led to the confiscation of the land by King James I who immediately started taking steps to secure this possession. A year later a deliberate decision to populate the land with English and Scottish planters was taken. This had an immediate impact on local architecture and urban development. Before the plantation towns were set up there was no fixed pattern of urban living despite the existence of settlement such as in Derry, Armagh, Downpatrick and Normans’ Carrickfergus.

Brian Boyd explores local architecture during these formative but very turbulent times through to the more peaceful period in the late 17th century and investigates how this is reflected in the buildings built in this period. On this architectural tour, Brian visits numerous heritage sites, traces their history and studies their style.  Some of the places visited include Dalways Bawn, Donegal and Richhill Castle, and Castle Monea.


Ulster Television would like to thank:

Historic Monuments & Building Branch Department of the Environment N.I.
The Office of Public Works
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
David Bigger
Terry McDonald


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


Please scroll to review and accept our terms and conditions (last updated on ) before viewing the moving images content.

To remember your terms and conditions acceptance, you can register as a site member or allow cookies on your browser.