Peter Rogers, the current owner of the Jackson's ancestral home - Urker Lodge - toured me around the crumbling remains in the spring of 2014. I was curious about which parts of the remaining buildings would have been built pre-famine, and which parts would have been added to the original structures at some later date.
One of the sons, Thomas Jackson had left his home in South Armagh in 1864, at the age of 23, to make his fortune in China. He was successful enough that he was able to pay for renovations and additions at his parent's house in the late-1800s, a common tale for successful emigrant sons. Other buildings around the yard at Urker Lodge had been renovated and/or added on to during the middle of the 20th century when descendants of the Jacksons, the Wright family, had lived there.
|Thanks to Kieran McConville and his Big Book of newsclippings.|
|A brick repair intruding into the pre-existing stone structure.|
|The roof line is so wobbly it is clear that the ridge pole is totally rotten.|
|Two kinds of stonework, as well as brickwork.|
|Old stone work interiour.|
|An older style of cobble in the yard.|
|A brick chimney - likely post-famine.|
|The corners of this building indicate repairs that used a mix of brick and stone.|