Gloster House . . c.1615 . . near Roscrea.

1615
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Gloster House and Lands . . 5 miles from RosCré . . on the main Roscrea to Birr road. 1615 . . the Medhop family were owner occupiers . . 1639 . . Trevor Lloyd married in to the Medhop family . . and from that time on . . the Estate was known as the Lloyd's of Gloster. . . 1680 . . the House was completed renovations . . 1775 . . Lloyds . . were M.P.'s . . for King's County . . sitting in the Irish Parliament. E.M.H.

History has it . . that John Wesley ( founder of Methodism in Ireland ) preached here . . . also . . 

Dame Nellie Melba . . a famous Opera singer . . entertained here . . . 

It is also said . . that the Lloyds were trainers of ' Polo ' ponies . . for the Royal Family of the U.K.

As one approaches the main original house. . from a beautiful ' Tree ' lined driveway . . one the facia wall . . 

there is an old ' Sundial '. . which comprises . . of an Iron rod . . which captures the shadow of the Sun . . as it travels . . 

with the inscription . . . " I do not tell of rain and showers . . . I only tell the Sunny hours "  . . ( i.e. it casts a shadow on sunny days. )

The Lloyd Family were still in occupation of the House . . well into the late 1950'ies.

It then became a Silesian Convent . . . 

and now has returned to private family ownership.. . . with greatly reduced land holding.. . . 

Th Estate in its prime . . held up to 4500 acres of prime land .     E.M.H.