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From an ancient pile of stones to a magnificent pile - of stone! Manor House, Benburb, Co. Tyrone is the title and what a manor house it is with a pristine drive carefully manicured grounds and well constructed outbuildings! I wonder what does it look like now? Is it still a home or has it been converted into an hotel? Any ideas on the object with the wheel in the foreground?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_03941

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 26/May/2021 08:05:12

    A British / American Army Hospital during the Second World War apparently: www.servites-benburb.com/about-us/#foobox-1/4/military1.jpg Now Servite Priory / retreat centre: www.servites-benburb.com/

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 26/May/2021 08:18:15

    Here's another view of the building from the PRONI archives: Benburb Estate: Benburb House exterior

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/May/2021 08:31:12

    Streetview from behind.

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    suckindeesel

    • 26/May/2021 08:40:21

    "THE MANOR HOUSE, Benburb, lies between Armagh and Dungannon in County Tyrone. It was built in 1888-90, to the designs of the architect William Henry Lynn, for James Bruce, a Belfast businessman who had bought the Benburb estate from the Viscount Powerscourt a few years previously. Lord Powerscourt owned 9,230 acres of land in County Tyrone. ...........The new dwelling (which is generally similar in style to other Lynn compositions of this period, such as Riddel Hall and Campbell College), was constructed by the Belfast firm of James Henry & Sons. James Bruce died childless in 1917 and the manor house and remaining lands (307 acres in all) were sold to a consortium of three men, Robert Pollock and James Cooper of Enniskillen and James Smith of Liverpool. Soon Cooper sold out to Pollock and Smith to William Todd, who was in partnership with Robert Boyd. They then bought out Pollock’s share and planned to turn the house into a hotel, but by 1935 Todd was declared bankrupt and much of the outlying, remaining lands were sold. ......and in 1946 it was acquired for by the Catholic Parish of Clonfeacle for £12,000. Local clergy originally intended the building to be used as an orphanage or a collegiate, but in 1949 they sold it (for £26,000) to an American branch of The Servite Fathers. The Order retains the property to this day, as a community centre" lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2014/01/benburb...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/May/2021 08:58:42

    Flickr is sometimes a little to the left. In 2018 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrighley/] from an interesting album of Benburb photos - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrighley/39714398414/in/album-72157692960764124/] Album - www.flickr.com/photos/shrighley/albums/72157692960764124

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/May/2021 09:25:41

    There is a similar-ish thingamabob / whatchamacallit outside the hotel. A water pump? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000041839

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 26/May/2021 09:35:38

    Mr French had a busy afternoon in Benburb ... 14:00 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333788 14:06 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323045 14:12 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333789 15:25 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323046 15:40 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333803 16:56 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323047 (this photo) Thanks to megazoom and that clock tower.

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    cargeofg

    • 26/May/2021 09:54:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well pump. If you study it on Megazoom you can see the crankshaft and the connecting rod going down into ground. The tap is also visible at end of cast iron frame furthest away from us. Pipe coming up to it also looks to be wrapped with rope to protect it from frost.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/May/2021 09:57:32

    At the DIA: Name: LYNN, WILLIAM HENRY Building: CO. TYRONE, BENBURB, MANOR HOUSE Date: 1887 Nature: Gabled, red brick with sandstone trim. For James Bruce, DL, of Belfast.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/May/2021 10:58:20

    L_ROY_03943, nearby in the catalogue and linked by the beachcomber above, is labelled Benburb Hotel. Truncated at left is the Post Office, built after 1894 per the DIA (the date refers to a quote from a builder for the work).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 26/May/2021 11:05:31

    L_CAB_06079 is the CI church including the belfry, added in 1892 per the DIA.

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    *Mrs C*

    • 12/Jul/2021 16:06:47

    When I was a teenager and living in the Moy, there was a day in late July called 'Benburb Sunday' when everyone near and far would visit. There were rides, food stalls and entertainment that went on all day - it was a great day out! We used to walk the road from the Moy to Blackwatertown and then on up the hill to Benburb.