The sham fort at Tyrella, County Down. This charming little folly stands on a rise above the main house and with views across the surrounding countryside and seascape. It is believed to date from the mid-19th century, being created to accommodate three cannon rescued after the SS Great Britain – at the time the world’s largest passenger ship – ran aground on a nearby beach in 1846 (seemingly the ship’s crew mistook the newly constructed St John’s Point Lighthouse for a lighthouse on the Isle of Man).
Ooooh, was the satnav out of order??????!!!!!!
Just curious, where are the canons placed, firing direction? Hopefully not towards the house! Certainly unique.
Coming from Scotland, I’m intrigued as to why they’re flying the Saltire. Trying to assert their ‘identity’?
I believe the family here are of Scottish origin…
Thanks for that; fair enough…