Georgian Weekend in Armagh brought some much-needed hustle and bustle to the streets following what has been a difficult time for many business owners. The family friendly festivities draw in crowds from surrounding areas to browse through the craft markets, sample local cuisine and enjoy the variety of tours and events.
The yearly celebration is also chance to showcase the fantastic buildings from the Georgian era which are spread throughout the city. The Georgian period dates from 1714 to 1830, and draws inspiration from the restrained and rational elegance of classical Greece and Rome. This is what gave rise to buildings which were both grand and palatial, but also orderly and symmetrical.
Fine examples in Armagh City include the Armagh Court House, built between 1806 and 1809 in a neoclassical style. The main frontage of the building is symmetrical with five bays and is faced with Armagh Limestone.
Charlemount Place, a row of town houses located in the heart of Armagh, were designed by William Murray (1789-1849) in the Georgian style, they were built between 1827 and 1830. The buildings were faced with ashlar limestone. These stunning houses were described as “one of the best Georgian Terraces in Ireland outside of Dublin” by Archiseek.
Another wonderful example of Armagh’s Georgian architecture is the Arch bishops Palace, located just south of the city centre. Built in 1770, The building served as primary residence of the Church of Ireland Archbishops of Armagh for over two hundred years. Initially a two-storey building, which was 7 bays wide by 4 bays deep, an additional floor was designed in the 1820s for Archbishop John George de la Poer Beresford.
Please see the gallery below for photos of these wonderful buildings
Although the stalls and events have ceased for this year, the buildings which we celebrate remain standing, steeped in history and waiting to be discovered by generations to come.