Part of the beautiful gardens of Corick House in the Clogher Valley of Co Tyrone in N Ireland. This lovely country house hotel is quite close to my sisters and we came here at the weekend for dinner. It was a wet day but that did not detract from the beauty of the gardens or the quality of the cuisine. Many of those staying in the hotel were part of the G8 summit which was being held at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in the adjoining county of Fermanagh. There is a very interesting history to the house which I have taken from a local web site.
About 1697 Bishop St George Ashe settled John Story from Hexham in Northumberland on the property. John Story sold his estate at Bingfield Hall and then came to Ireland apparently as the Bishops Agent.
John Story (1648 – 1725) and his son Thomas Story (1678 – 1768) acquired an estate of over three thousand acres under the See of Clogher in addition to their fine demesne at Corick where they built their first mansion house.
The Story family and their descendents were connected with Corick for about three hundred years providing mainly Bishops Agents, Clergymen and Farmers. The parents of the novelist William Carelton were tenants at Nurchossy (early 19th Century) of John Benjamin Story (1764 – 1844). Carelton mentions him in Traits and Stories where he is described as one of the tallest and handsomest of the local squires!
The Story family made many improvements to Corick over the years including tree planting and establishing the walled garden (19th Century). In 1863 on the instructions of William Story the house was enlarged and altered to the design of the Belfast firm of Sir Charles Lanyon. A new garden front with large canted bay in it`s center and a three storey tower with Italianate hipped slate roof were added. The original dining room remained unaltered.
Near Corick, in the demesne, two large ancient ring forts remain having been scheduled as an ancient monument in 1990. The last member of the Story family, a grand-daughter of Dr. John Benjamin Story, a famous eye surgeon, who became High Sheriff of Tyrone early this century recently sold the house and gardens at Corick to Mrs Jean Beacom and the surrounding farmland to the local farmers. It is Mrs Jean`s Beacom fondest desire that she will be able to carry on the traditions of this grand Irish house into the 21st Century.
FEATURED IN A GARDEN SOMEWHERE FEBRUARY 2014
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