Joe Mahon discovers Eglinton's history

Published Thursday, 04 September 2014
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Lesser Spotted Ulster's Joe Mahon visits Eglinton in Co Derry this week, and discovers the rich history of the village.

Joe Mahon discovers Eglinton's history
Joe Mahon with Alistair Davidson in the Manor House in Eglinton. (© UTV)

First on the agenda is a visit to the Manor House where the present owner shows Joe some very old maps and chats about how his ancestor was able to purchase the entire village from the Grocers' Company in the 1870s.

The presenter also visits the grave of a relative of a very famous royal and hears about the family who kept the nearby city in turf during the eighteenth century, as well as the Eglinton native who built an industry out of another product that burns.

Joe then pays a visit to the former agricultural college, which was much admired by William Makepeace Thackeray during his visit here in the 1840s, and takes a tour of Eglinton's coronation trees, each of which came from Windsor, complete with their own planting instructions.

And finally, he gets an education about soil as he takes a walk in the nearby fields.

Viewers can join in the conversation by tweeting @utv during the show using the hashtag #LesserSpotted.

Lesser Spotted Ulster is broadcast on Friday 5 September at 8pm on UTV.

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