A Thursday door with a little bit of history, this week. St John’s Priory is situated in the main street of Youghal but very little of the original building remains. When excavated it was found to have four main phases of construction, with the main core dating back to the medieval era.
Some portions still survive today, including the door arch and a small window on the street front (as seen in the image below).
“Gwynn and Hadcock (1988, 108) record the existence of a Benedictine priory in Youghal in 1306. It was a ‘hospital-cell’ (along with others at Cork and Waterford), a type of Benedictine foundation that is rare outside Ireland (ibid.) A maison dieu was founded for or by the Benedictines at Youghal in 1185, with an associated leper house on a hill outside the town. A maison dieu was often a short-lived foundation established by laypeople (Gilchrist 1995, 13–14). By 1306 the Benedictine presence seems to have been more firmly established inside the walled town, with the foundation of a structure known as St John’s House on Main Street. The house appears to have been a small dependent cell of the Benedictine house at Bath and operated as a hospital-cell.” (1)
Apparently, Oliver Cromwell made his headquarters there during the winter of 1649 and is said to have inspected his troops every morning from the Priory.
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