This beautifully restored(?) castle set in a field of early cut hay is this offering from the Stereo Pairs Collection. When you think how old these images are the quality and clarity is just remarkable. Where is it and what does it look like now?
With thanks to sharon.corbet
we got answers to both of these questions. The first answer (where?) is that this is Kilwaughter Castle
, an early 19th century mansion close to Larne, County Antrim. The second answer (look like now?) is that it doesn't look so great
. Seized during WWII, it fell into ruin from the 1950s onwards, and barely a shell remains. There does however seem to be a campaign to see it restored
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883
NLI Ref: STP_0472
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
There is a coat of arms above the door, but too distant to help...
Initial search of the NIAH site doesn't show anything, suggesting it is in the North or No Longer Standing...
Kilwaughter Castle, Co. Antrim.
Google Photo Sphere.
Well done [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]! So it is both in the North and ruined! French/Lawrence in the archive.
Sometimes Flickr is amazing! In 2007 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/1568832303/ c. 1913 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/35050069904/ in the snow via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/23900316515/
Many such big houses in the South were burned during the War of Independence, but this one was just abandoned and fell into ruin.
The architect was John Nash (DIA link) who also did Cutra Castle in Galway:
And Shane's Castle:
And Shanbally Castle, Tipperary:
And St. Paul's Church in Cahir:
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] (see black-edged photos above) is the current owner's daughter, according to - www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/antrim/A10... I am sure she will be interested in this stereo pair photo (and other Lawrence ones), and will have more information. Does Kilwaughter rhyme with daughter? Or laughter?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Or maybe Kilwackter? Kilwockter? Kilwawchhhhther?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Oh golly! Confused! Recommend https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/'s Flickr page for an amazing collection of photos of this place. The monkey puzzle tree seen in some photos (not this one) and other shrubbery should provide relative dating ...
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] More or less Kilwater according to the locals.
Such a beautiful castle. It breaks my heart to see it today. It is such a shame that these treasures cannot be restored. Just beautiful.
it is beautiful
Droneview!! - youtu.be/JNy2KfKvXrw (2014)
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia. Very cool. The nearby quarry seems all the more obvious in that fly-past....