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Where: Northern Ireland, North Down, United Kingdom

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When: Unknown

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Yet again we have a case of deja vu! We seem to have seen aspects of this estate in the past though not the castle itself. A renaissance style castle set in the North of Ireland must have seemed pretty pretentious to the sober, hard working northern folk?
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Thanks to BeachcomberAustralia, sharon.corbet, and Niall McAuley for quickly identifying that this isn't strictly a castle - but the 19th century Scottish Baronial architecture of Helen's Bay railway station in County Down. John Spooner also suggests that, unlike other stereopairs that he's helpfully "3d-ified" this image isn't an entirely true stereo image. Apparently both sides are identical.....

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883. Certainly after 1863 (construction). Perhaps some time after (ivy?)

NLI Ref: STP_1995

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 16/Mar/2018 09:26:11

    Ooo! I recognize those bollards! https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/25307701068/

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    • 16/Mar/2018 09:31:10

    Isn't it the Railway station?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Mar/2018 09:34:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Yes, and there is even a Railway employee lounging on the bridge!

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    • 16/Mar/2018 09:36:27

    It's basically a companion photo to the one https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia posted, taken from the far side of the bridge in the distance.

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    • 16/Mar/2018 09:56:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I think it might be between the two bridges (reverse view). At a different time 'cos of the puddles and the ivy. The bollards are a constant.

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    • 16/Mar/2018 10:17:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Yeah, I think you're right. I didn't realise how wide the bridge is.

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    • 16/Mar/2018 10:22:49

    A postcard with a similar view.

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Mar/2018 11:47:19

    There's something odd about this pair (as a pair). I tried to make an anaglyph from them, but in lining up the red and blue layers, I realised that the two images are identical, so there's no 3D effect at all. For example, one would expect the place in the distance where the track disappears to line up with a slightly different bit of the arch, but in both it lines up with exactly the same bit of masonry.

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    • 16/Mar/2018 13:49:28

    Even though I live not far from this it took me a few seconds to locate it in my brain. Heavily over grown up around it now.

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    • 16/Mar/2018 13:52:44

    The ghost of Clandeboye

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    • 16/Mar/2018 16:30:15

    Well, it's a beautiful castle. As for the northern folk, I think you've identified their historical problem - too sober.

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    • 16/Mar/2018 20:50:36

    Lord Dufferin, the landowner, was not just building grandiose fantasy memorials to himself. This 1889 newspaper article suggests he was an enlightened fellow -

    ... Throughout all the years that Lord Dufferin has been on foreign service, he never (continues the same authority), neglected his Irish estates. Long avenues of trees, of which it had been predicted they would never strike root, stretched out in every direction, from Clandeboye to Helen's Bay, Helen's Tower, and towards Belfast; the formation of two beautiful lakes, now combined, found work for the unemployed; model cottages and schools sprang up, and all that experience gained in 1846-7, when Lord Dufferin visited the south of Ireland, was put to good use. The occasion and the year of this visit were those of the famine, and the account of it published by the young landowner, as well as his numerous pamphlets on Irish affairs, are frequently quoted and referred to, notably of late in the Parnell Commission.
    From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/170507615 Lord Dufferin (1826-1902) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood... Lord Dufferin and the Ghost !! - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood...

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    • 18/Mar/2018 14:53:19

    Helen’s Bay, and the station here, (along with Helen’s Tower) were named after his mother by Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava. “Lord Dufferin was devastated by her death in 1867, and built Helen's Tower, a memorial to her, on the estate at Clandeboye. A nearby bay was also named Helen's Bay, and a station of that name was built there by him, seeding the growth of the modern Belfast commuter town of Helen's Bay.”. Wikipedia at en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Hamilton-Temple-Blackwo...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Mar/2018 17:38:39

    Thanks all! Map, description and tags all updated as usual....

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 20/Mar/2018 08:00:04

    nicely done