TRIM PORCHFIELDS AND RIVER WALK [CHRISTMAS WEEK 2022]
The Porch Fields are a green area in Trim, located on the north bank of the River Boyne, between the old town wall and Sheep Gate to the west and Newtown Abbey to the east.
You really should take the Trim Porch Fields and River Walk along the banks of the historic River Boyne and enjoy the views of the rich medieval heritage that is so abundant in and around Trim in County Meath. From the imposing structure of Trim Castle to the serene setting of St Peter and Paul’s Cathedral at Newtown, you can try to get a sense of what the immediate area may have looked like in the medieval period.
Interpretive Panels are located along the River Walk and there are opportunities to take a seat and relax along the route.
The Porch Fields is an area of medieval farmland outside Trim, Ireland with a medieval roadway that forms a National Monument.
The Porchfield lies between the Anglo‐Norman town of Trim founded c. 1180 and the rural borough of Newtown Trim founded c. 1220. The two towns were connected through the open field via a medieval sunken lane road about 1 km (⅔ mile) in length. The new burgesses were awarded 3 acres (1.2 ha) of land each. They used ridge and furrow agriculture to grow crops, and each narrow strip was one perch (5 m / 16½ feet) wide — this may is how the Porch Fields acquired their name. However, it could also derive from the French porte meaning "door", referring to the Sheep Gate. The name " Portual Field" appears on a nineteenth-century map.
It is claimed that Oliver Cromwell's troops made camp on the Porch Fields before the 1649 Siege of Drogheda.