Liberties of Carlingford

Medieval Carving

The remains of a 16th century medieval house standing within its own burgage plot on Newry Street holds a surprise only discovered if you are looking up. Barely noticable embedded in the south gable is a medieval carving of a human head. It is believed that it was originally located in the Dominican Priory in Carlingford. At some stage a brim-like slate was inserted above the head and below the rock above, changing the appearance of the carving. Subsequently, the head became known locally as "De Gaule".

Situated: Very easy. From Market Street in Carlingford head north to Newry Street. Look for the house pictured left. The carving is on the gable of the adjoining house.

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Discovery Map 36: J 1873 1185. Last visit July 2013.

Longitude: 6° 11' 14" W

Latitude: 54° 2' 32" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey..

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