Inistioge Fortified Houses

The Hundred Court

If you approach Inistioge from the east, across the ten arch, mid-eighteenth century bridge, you will see a small castellated structure to the north of the bridge. This fortified house is known as "the Hundred Court". The building once served as a manorial court. Hundred Courts were an Anglo-Saxon institution, each shire was divided into hundreds and each hundred held there own court for settling local criminal matters or disputes. More serious matters were settled in shire courts. The sheriffs deputy was the hundred-reeve, the reeve was responsible for holding the court.

It looks like only the shell of the building remains, I don't think there is access to the interior, I felt like I was poking around someone's garden so just took a few epics from the south and east sides of the house. I presume there were two stores. There is an arched window in the centre of the each of these walls, the north wall only survives to about the height of the first floor. Discovery Map 67: S 6357 3782. Longitude: 7° 3' 50"W. Latitude: 52° 29' 18" N.

To the west of the village square is a second fortified house. This was a three store merchants house, the ground floor may have been used for storage. The opes in the north wall are blocked up. There are some nice irregular shaped quoins at the north-east angle. The windows in the east wall appear to have been modified over the years. I would also strongly recommend a visit to the Augustinian Priory and St Columcille's Holy Well.


Situated:The fortified house can be seen from the main road passing by the village square. To view the hundred court walk east from the village square towards the river. The buildings is set back from the road on your left.

Discovery Map 67: S 6344 3783. Last visit Feb 2019.

Longitude: 7° 3' 57" W

Latitude: 52° 29' 18" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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