But the Snowhill placename originates from a Cromwellian family, the first of which was a man called John Snow who was described as a "master tentmaker to the army in Ireland". I can only speculate that he received the land as a gift, similar to the Bolton's of Faithlegg, for his part in the Puritan invasion.
Apparently Snowhill House was built by a descendant, most probably Sydenham Snow who married a Mary Bonham in March of 1764 and they moved into their new home in 1765. It was described as a "massive Georgian block, 5 bay front, doorway with a very large fanlight. Impressive hall with columns, splendid oval stone staircase with balustrade of brass uprights" It was also described thus; "...demesne of 100 acres with a 6ft. wall all round. A deerpark of 30 acres with a wall of 8ft high"
|spectacular front of the house|
|A good sense of perspective on the House|
Nowadays only the demesne walls and outhouses remain. And despite the fact that Faithlegg House seems to have been a grander house, it had nothing like the connection with the River Suir. Snowhill had a very fine quay - L shaped with a find breakwater of poles to the eastern side. This was a deepwater quay and although the ebb tide meant the dock dried out was still a very safe haven.
|Entrance arch to Snowhill Quay|
|Snowhill Quay and dock, Glazing wood in distance|
Snowhill quay still has hints of its once significance and to walk up from the quay towards the house highlights how beautiful it must once have been. An old boat house remains, roof gone and doors no more, but only begging to be refurbished. The grand old trees, many fine and rare specimens of oaks and limes still adorn fragments of the old demesne.
|Old Boat house|
Now a working farm, it appears to me like some once grand sailing boat now reduced to a sailing hulk, moored away on a redundant quayside.
All of the specifics about the house and history is information supplied from Jim Walsh's account of Snowhill House and Estate in "Sliabh Rua, A History of its People and Places" p429
Julian Walton mentions another family in connection with Snowhill in his recent book - On this day Vol I pp154-55 which will require further study.
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