From Stone To Stone: Part Five - Taming the Landscape

From Stone To Stone: Part Five - Taming the Landscape

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Carnlough, Doonan Fort, Dunluce Castle, Garron Tower, Glenarm, Glenarm Castle, Glencloy, Glens of Antrim, Londonderry Arms Hotel, Redbay Castle, Slemish Mountain




Transmission 15/05/1987


26min 12sec







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


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Peter Woodman presents this archaeological series that traces 10,000 years in the life of an Antrim Glen. This episode examines the short-lived industrial revolution in Carnlough, County Antrim. 

Beginning on Slemish Mountain - where records show that Saint Patrick spent part of his captivity - we learn about Ireland during this era. This is when written records started and, so, it is possible to identify real people, real events and the Kingdoms of Ireland. 

The most common historic monument from this period are ring forts - with an estimated 45,000 in Ireland - which were built to protect high-ranking families. Dr. Chris Lynn (Historic Monuments & Buildings, Department of the Environment) is on the archaeological dig happening at Glenarm and explains how the structure was built. 

Next, we are taken through the history of the McDonald and Londonderry families and their various dwellings, before ending up in Carnlough. Here Francis Anne or Lady Londonderry, invested substantially into the area making it a popular holiday spot. This then developed into an industrial project in the 1850s, were a quarry was built to access the limestone found in the area, before it was shipped to Glasgow. The Carnlough Lime Company reached its peak in the 1890s, the quarry closed in the 1920s and the whole operation finished in 1964. 

Now Carnlough has reverted back to the holiday spot it was before, with buildings being brought back into use.

Shot List

Introduction to programme. Views of a beach and coastline. Aerial views of fields and the countryside. Introduction by Peter Woodman [PW] describing the history of human habitation in Ireland. Discussion of legend of St Patrick near Slemish. Discussion of Irish manuscripts and legends. Aerial views of Glencloy and the ring fort. Interview with Dr Chris Lynn, Historic Monuments & Buildings, Department of the Environment, on digging at Glenarm. Discussion on how the monument was built. Views of archaeologists working on the site. Views of decorated glass beads found on the site. Views of the Doonan Fort, Glencloy. Discussion on how the underground chambers were built, and why. View of a crozier; discussion on the Anglo-Normal period. Map showing Dunluce, Dunseverick and Bonamargy. Views of Redbay Castle. Views of a Franciscan church. View of Dunluce Castle. Views of Glenarm Castle. View of Carnlough Bay. Sheep in a field. Views of landscape paintings. Views of Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough. Views of Carnlough town centre and Garron Castle. Paintings of Carnlough and the Antrim coast. PW describing communication in the area. Modern views of Red Arch, Garron Tower, and the Antrim coast at Turnley’s road.

Paintings by Andrew Nichol. Archival images of the area. Discussion of Belfast – Larne railway. Discussion on Carnlough as a holiday resort. Views of Carnlough pier and harbour. Discussion on the local limestone and coal. Discussion of Londonderry family involvement in the area. Advertisement for Carnlough Lime Company. Archival footage of coalmining, railways, and lime burning kilns. Map showing areas in Antrim where gold was found; discussion on goldmining. Image of first narrow-gauge railway in Ireland. View of a wooden and concrete pier. Discussion on sulphate-ammonia extraction in the glen. View of Carnlough youth hostel. Aerial views of the area. PW on a walkway in Carnlough. Discussion on the different holidaymakers that visit Carnlough. 


Courtesy of ITV and the UTV Archive - Digitised as part of the 'UTV Archive Partnership' project   

A UTV production

Introduced and Written by Prof. Peter Woodman (University College Cork)

Camera: David Scott

Location Sound: Jim McGirr 

Post Production Sound: Colin Somerville

Video Editor: Joe Lyttle 

Post Production Editor: Philip White

Graphic Design: Michael Williams

Production Assistant: Patsy Richards 

Produced by Andrew Crockart

Ulster Televison would like to thank- Willie Stewart (Carnlough), Desmond Coakham (Harlech), Lord Dunluce (Glenarm Castle) and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Murray (Glenarm Castle), Historic Monuments and Buildings Branch (D.O.E), National Library Dublin and Ulster Folk and Transport Musuem.



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