Glenelly Valley, Sperrin Mountains, Cranagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
This stunning old ruin was once the local Church Rectory & is locally known as ‘The Manse’. Resting deep in the ‘Glenelly Valley’ right in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains. Even today its picturesque placement in this surrounding landscape rivals all other sites along this valley. They sure knew how to choose perfect locations to build their grand manor homes back then!
This building was once the glebe house for the ‘Church of Ireland’ in the parish of Badoney which covered the local areas of Gortin and Plumbridge. Some elderly locals told me on how they remember approx 70 carts of turf all lined up on the lane leading to this grand manor. This was the poor people paying their annual ‘dues’ to the church for the use of land under the parish’s ownership back in those times. This old Manse was for sure a magnificent dwelling in stark contrast to the other much more humble homes that surrounded it in the parish. Times have certainly changed for the better nowadays