The Gable End

The remaining wall of a Jacobean fortified manor in Newtownstewart, County Tyrone built around 1619 with fashionable stepped gables. The town’s name derives from that of Sir William Stewart, a Scottish settler who married one of the daughters of Sir Robert Newcomen, believed to be responsible for starting work on the building. It endured considerable damage during the Confederate Wars of the 1640s, especially after being captured by Sir Phelim O’Neill and was then further damaged in 1689 on the instructions of James II who ordered that both house and town be set alight. The property has stood a ruin ever since.

4 comments on “The Gable End

  1. This is such a uniquely preserved ruin! Love that it’s just a single wall

  2. Oliver Curran says:

    I believe that there should be new study entered into in respect of King James allegedly burning such places. He was accused of burning Newry to the ground during a week which saw the wildest weather ever to hit Ireland it lashed for over a week. Aside from this James men only set light to the structures that they erected in Newry. There can be no dispute about this fact or the fact that Wiiams men putting out the fire before it caught properly. (Montgomery Papers )

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