Rothe House

The merchant of Marble city

We did a self guided tour around a restored late Tudor era merchant house and gardens.  The house was built between 1594 and 1610 and was the home of a wealthy 17th century merchant called John Rothe and his wife Rose Archer.  The Rothe’s built 3 houses, one behind the other, separated by courtyards, to accommodate their expanding family, they had 12 children. Museum The house is now … Continue reading The merchant of Marble city

Gowran Church Kilkenny

St Mary’s Church, Gowran

Driving through county Kilkenny last week, we stopped in Gowran and visited the remains of a medieval church. St. Mary’s Collegiate Church,  is located in the centre of the town of Gowran, County Kilkenny, Ireland. This site has been a place of worship going back to pre Christian times (3rd/4th century) and the church buildings pictured here date back to Medieval times, (12th/13th century).  There is … Continue reading St Mary’s Church, Gowran

St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower

We visited Kilkenny City in the south of Ireland and visited St Canice’s Cathedral. The Cathedral dates back to the medieval times, it was built in the 13th Century between (1210 and 1280) by peasant colonists from England and Wales and is a great example of gothic architecture.  The Cathedral was the seat of Bishop of Ossory. The Cathedral has a round tower,  which is … Continue reading St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower