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Hidden History Walks in the Upper Bann Valley

Stanmillis University

Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
http://www.stran.ac.uk/informationabout/courses/lifelonglearning/

 Hidden History: The Upper Bann Valley

A Theatre of Beauty and Architectural Elegance

 

In September, as part of their Winter Programme, Stranmills University organised 6 'walks' in the Upper Bann Valley under the expert guidance of Plunkett Campbell 

 

Week One

Gilford Castle, Friends Meeting House in Moyallon, Elmfield Castle and Dunbarton House

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 Coffee and scones in Gilford Castle

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 Christine Wright (Gilford Castle) kindly made us a cuppa! 

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Friends Meeting House in Moyallon 

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 Elmfield Castle

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Derek and Anne Shaw kindly gave us a tour and the history of Elmfield Castle.  

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 The view of Gilford Mill from Dunbarton House

Week 2
The Pot Belly, A Walk along the Bann, Tullylish Church of Ireland and Kernan Lough

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 A beautiful walk along the banks of the Bann

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 and stoppd to see some fairies along the way

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 Plunkett explained the importance of the River in the Linen Industry

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 Tullylish Church of Ireland was the next stop and the story of the Reverend Yeats was shared.

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 George Wilson kindly opened the church for us and showed us the records

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 A Kernan swan to welcome us as Plunkett told the story of the Battle of Keran Lough

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 WEEK 3

Scarva Village, Sarva House, the Pig's Dyke and Lisnavara Fort

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Plunkett told us about the history of Newry Canal 

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 The view from the Church of Ireland in Scarva

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 overlooking Potstick Row

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 Scarva House

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The Pig's Dyke

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A beautiful morning for a walk in the grounds of Scarva House 

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After a cuppa in Banbridge Golf Club, we headed to the place where it is reported that King Bolly crossed the river on his way to the Boyne. 

 

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Next stop - the Unitarian Church to see the magnificent plaque dedicated to Hugh Dunbar

 

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Next Stop was Ferguson's Factory on the Scarva Road in Banbridge. 

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A wonderful place to visit and lovely to hear this local factory now supplies top designers like Vivienne Westwood and Ralp Lauren.

Well worth booking in for the tour. 

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An amazing tour of the factory  - from the thread to the finished product - and it was NOISY! 

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Explaining how the colours change with the seasons and how the different cultures coming to Ireland affect what we wear.

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Some of the towelling products designed for top hotels

 

The final week took the group to the Dromore Area where everyone got a chance to climb the  Dromore Motte and Bailey.

 

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http://www.my-secret-northern-ireland.com/dromore-mound.html

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