St. John’s Manor Enniscorthy Co. Wexford.
BRIEF HISTORY In 1231 AD Sir Gerald de Prendergast founded the Priory of St. John’s for Augustinian Cannons on the current site of St. John’s Manor. Granite quoins, steps, archways and many other building materials including ancient oak beams from the original Priory were used in the construction of the Manor as it stands today. Charles Hill built St. John’s Manor in 1810. The attached Priory Mews Cottage and Antiques Tea-Room/Sitting Room predates the Manor to 1232 and is listed and protected as one of the oldest structures in Ireland.
A double bow fronted four storey Georgian Mansion built in 1810 on the site of a 12th century Franciscan monastery, and as such is Listed as a Preserved Building. It occupies approximately five acres and commands one of the most beautiful reaches of the Slaney River with its glittering waters and scenic valley. It has been provided with modern conveniences while retaining all period features and offers peace, tranquillity, and seclusion with plenty of space in a richly decorated and sublimely comfortable home.
Panoramic views of Enniscorthy, the ancient and historic Ringwood and Vinegar Hill are evident from most windows. It inspired one of the best contemporary poets, Thomas Kinsella, to pen his famous poem Another September while staying at St. John’s.
Another SeptemberDreams fled away, this country bedroom, raw With the touch of the dawn, wrapped in a minor peace, Hears through an open window the garden draw Long pitch black breaths, lay bare its apple trees, Ripe pear trees, brambles, windfall-sweetened soil, Exhale rough sweetness against the starry slates. Nearer the river sleeps St. John's, all toil Locked fast inside a dream with iron gates. Domestic Autumn, like an animal Long used to handling by those countrymen, Rubs her kind hide against the bedroom wall Sensing a fragrant child come back again - Not this half-tolerated consciousness That plants its grammar in her yielding weather But that unspeaking daughter, growing less Familiar where we fell asleep together. Wakeful moth wings blunder near a chair, Toss their light shell at the glass, and go To inhabit the living starlight. Stranded hair Stirs on still linen. It is as though The black breathing that billows her sleep, her name, Drugged under judgement, waned and - bearing daggers And balances--down the lampless darkness they came, Moving like women : Justice, Truth, such figures.
St John’s Manor is approached via a winding poplar lined quarter mile private avenue, ensuring total privacy and seclusion. Within the grounds is an ancient oak tree reputed to be over 600 years old, and listed in the prestigious Tree Register of Ireland. A shamrock sun terrace and a willow walk provide access to the Slaney River. The present owners have planted in excess of four hundred trees in the grounds of the Manor during their custodianship.
MarieTherese39 412 days ago
“On February 13th 1552, a lease was granted to Gabriel Blake, “of the Franciscan Friary, Enniscorthy, with a water mill and other appurtenances adjoining; the Manor Enniscorthy, a ruined castle and land in the same, an old weir and land in Garrane,” land.
MarieTherese39 421 days ago
During the time my great-grand uncle Ned resided at St John’s the land comprised of 500 acres. He also had many other properties in Wexford.
1911 census of my great-grandmother’s brother.
Crikey, he’d only one daughter in 01.
Census form of my great-grand uncle, Edward Kavanagh. I read that his wife Roseanna was was born in Australia.
Houses in St. John’s (Enniscorthy Rural, Wexford) St. John’s
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