Old Map of County Wexford by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey, Ferns, and Historical Features
Old Map of County Wexford by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey, Ferns, and Historical Features
Old Map of County Wexford by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey, Ferns, and Historical Features

Old Map of County Wexford by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey, Ferns, and Historical Features

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The Old Map of Wexford by Samuel Lewis, dated 1844, is a captivating piece that offers a glimpse into the historical landscape of County Wexford, Ireland. This meticulously crafted map showcases the region's rich history, highlighting its major towns, cities, and other intriguing landmarks. While some modern cities may not be present on this map, it is fascinating to discover earlier names and locations of settlements that have since evolved. Owning this map allows you to explore the past and appreciate the changes that have shaped Wexford over the years.

The map features five prominent towns and cities within County Wexford, each with its own unique charm. Enniscorthy, situated on the River Slaney, is a town steeped in history and known for its impressive Enniscorthy Castle. New Ross, located on the River Barrow, is renowned for its connection to the famous emigrant ship, the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Gorey, a market town nestled between the rivers Slaney and Bann, boasts a rich heritage and is home to the splendid Gorey Castle. Ferns, an ancient town with a captivating past, was once the capital of the Kingdom of Leinster. Lastly, this map highlights various historical features that add depth to its allure, making it a remarkable addition to any collection.

Notable settlements founded before 1840 and located within the historical boundaries of County Wexford are as follows:

  • Wexford (c. 800): The county town of Wexford, known for its Viking heritage and medieval history.
  • Enniscorthy (c. 461): A town with a long-standing history, featuring Enniscorthy Castle and Vinegar Hill.
  • New Ross (c. 1207): Home to the Dunbrody Famine Ship and the historic Ros Tapestry.
  • Gorey (c. 1608): A market town with a rich heritage, including the impressive Gorey Castle.
  • Ferns (c. 200): An ancient town and former capital of the Kingdom of Leinster, featuring the ruins of Ferns Castle.
  • Bunclody (c. 1602): A picturesque town located on the River Slaney, offering scenic beauty and historical sites.
  • Rosslare (c. 1810): A coastal village known for its sandy beaches and the Rosslare Europort.
  • Courtown (c. 1660): A popular seaside resort town with beautiful beaches and Courtown Woods.
  • Taghmon (c. 1500): A village with a rich history, including the historic Taghmon Castle.
  • Ballycanew (c. 1600): A charming village with a strong sense of community and historical landmarks.
  • Castlebridge (c. 1600): A village known for its picturesque setting and proximity to Wexford town.
  • Camolin (c. 1600): A village with a rich history, including the ruins of Camolin Castle.
  • Kilmore Quay (c. 1600): A scenic fishing village renowned for its maritime heritage and fresh seafood.
  • Blackwater (c. 1600): A village situated on the banks of the River Blackwater, offering natural beauty and tranquility.
  • Oulart (c. 1600): A village with a storied past, known for its connection to the 1798 Rebellion.
  • Duncormick (c. 1600): A picturesque village with a strong sense of community and historical significance.
  • Fethard-on-Sea (c. 1600): A coastal village with a rich maritime history and stunning views.
  • Kilmore (c. 1600): A village steeped in history, featuring the ruins of Kilmore Castle.
  • Clonroche (c. 1600): A village with a rich heritage, including the historic Clonroche Castle.
  • Castlebridge (c. 1600): A village known for its picturesque setting and proximity to Wexford town.
  • Murrintown (c. 1600): A village offering a glimpse into the region's past, with historical sites and natural beauty.
  • Ballymurn (c. 1600): A charming village known for its welcoming atmosphere and historical landmarks.
  • Kilrane (c. 1600): A village with a rich maritime history, located near Rosslare Europort.
  • Ballygarrett (c. 1600): A coastal village with stunning beaches and a sense of tranquility.
  • Bridgetown (c. 1600): A village with a strong sense of community and historical significance.
  • Curracloe (c. 1600): A coastal village famous for its beautiful beach, featured in the film "Saving Private Ryan."
  • Crossabeg (c. 1600): A village with a rich history, including the historic Crossabeg House.
  • Ballyedmond (c. 1600): A village known for its scenic beauty and proximity to the Blackstairs Mountains.
  • Killurin (c. 1600): A village offering a glimpse into the region's past, with historical landmarks and natural attractions.
  • Ballyhack (c. 1600): A coastal village with a fascinating history, including Ballyhack Castle.
  • Tacumshane (c. 1600): A village known for its rural charm and historical significance.

Notable natural features and tourist attractions in County Wexford include the River Slaney, the River Barrow, Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy Castle, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry, Gorey Castle, Ferns Castle, Courtown Woods, Kilmore Quay, Blackwater River, and the scenic beaches of Rosslare, Curracloe, and Ballygarrett.

Between 1800 and 1850, County Wexford experienced significant historical events, including the aftermath of the 1798 Rebellion, the rise of the Catholic Emancipation movement, and the impact of the Great Famine. These events shaped the region's history and are integral parts of its narrative during this period.

Owning the Old Map of Wexford by Samuel Lewis, 1844 allows you to delve into the past, explore the historical settlements, and appreciate the beauty and significance of County Wexford, Ireland.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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