63b. Kilkenny Town and Rothe House, KILKENNY TOWN
SCENES from IRELAND - County Kilkenny
The Shee Almshouse
Kilkenny: The Shee Almshouse was built by Sir Richard Shee in 1581 for the poor of Kilkenny and was endowed by his last will in 1603. His son Lucas Shee, obtained a royal charter for the Almshouse in 1609 and the house was used as accommodation for the poor until the early 19th century when it fell into ruin. It was restored and renovated around 1871 by Sir Nicholas Power O'Shee of Gardenmorris, Co. Waterford, a descendant of the original founder. In recent times it has since been converted into Kilkenny's main Tourist Information Centre.
Kilkenny: Inside the Kilkenny Tourist Information Centre.
Kilkenny: The back entrance to the Shee Almshouse, now the tourist information centre.
Some Streets and Buildings of Kilkenny
Kilkenny: One of the main shopping streets, Parliament Street, in the centre of Kilkenny Town.
Kilkenny: The arched arcade of The Tholsel in High Street
Kilkenny: Rothe House
Kilkenny: Rothe House was built by a wealthy merchant of Kilkenny, John Rothe and was well furnished townhouse for its time. John Rothe built the first house on this site in 1594 on land once owned by Cistercian monks and came into possession of the Rothe family after the dissolution of the monasteries between 1538 and 1540. As his family and prosperity grew, he then built a second house and then a third house by 1610. Therefore John Rothe built three adjoining houses between 1594 and 1610 as he went up in the world and society of Kilkenny.
Kilkenny: The inner courtyard and balcony of Rothe House
Typical interior of Rothe House from later generations.
These pewter plates would be similar to those listed in John Rothe's will of 1619, other items included brass, batry, iron ...
Rothe House: This medieval pottery jug is a rare example of a complete medieval jug and was found at Castleinch, Co. Kilkenny by farmer while building a cattle shed near the site of the castle. It was made on a potter's wheel and their thumb created the frill decoration on the base. It was made locally and covered in lead glaze before firing in a kiln around AD1250-1350.
Rothe House: This fireplace contains kitchen utensils that could have been used anywhere between 1840 and 1940 e.g. griddle, pot crook, pot hooks, trivet, toasting rack, skillets and pot oven. The fire was never left to die out and fuelled with coal (local coalmines) or wood.
The amazing sturdy wooden beams supporting one of the roofs of Rothe House.
Some museum exhibits
Rothe House: This decorated bronze age burial pottery vessel is a type common in early bronze age graves and known as a 'tripartite bowl'. It was found at Killinane, Co. Carlow in a simple grave known as a cist - a rectangular stone box sunk into the ground. Two people had been cremated and buried in the cist.
Rothe House: An oil on canvas portrait of Richard Power (died 1824) by J.P. Haverty, R.H.A. Richard was brother to John Power the 1st Baronet and an excellent actor by all accounts. In the portrait he dressed in an 'inky cloak' of Hamlet, a role he played in three seasons of the Kilkenny Theatre between 1803 and 1818. Richard Power was the founder of the Private Theatre in Kilkenny in 1802.
The back of Rothe House, still undergoing restoration.
The Rothe Family Garden
A the back of the 16th-17th century housing complex is a lovely quiet garden and orchard.
This is a reconstruction of an early 17th century garden. The Rothe family garden was laid out to the rear of the third house. The garden would furnish John Rothe's family and servants with food to eat, a private meeting place for business colleagues and like ourselves, provide a garden for children to play in and adults to relax!
Kilkenny: The paved alleyway along the side of Rothe House and the Rothe Family Garden, it has a real medieval feel about it!
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