Chez Nous or "My Humble Abode"

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Ashton Court, Youghal, Co. Cork is far from a humble abode with it's many rooms, balustrades, clock tower and fine Orangery! Right down next to the beach and well sheltered by trees this is/was a prime location. To whom did Ashton Court belong and how does it look today?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914 1898 - 1905

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07725

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    Rienk Mebius

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:32:47

    Thuis of "Mijn nederige stulpje" (translation into Dutch)

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:37:18

    goo.gl/maps/ZJH1eCnSpZStsd8v6

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:38:03

    Yikes! "Wonderfully situated at the mouth of the river Blackwater Ashton Court is a bespoke development of 44 apartments and townhouses nestled within four acres of private grounds for the residents to enjoy. Dating back to the early 19th Century, Hyde House was reconstructed to its present form in 1898. Now in the 21st Century it is being recreated again while maintaining many of its original features." See - ashtoncourt.ie/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:39:37

    A clock tower without a clock is like a beachcomber without a beach.

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:41:28

    It's Bellevue on the 6", Ashton Court on the 25".

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:43:11

    It wasn't named after the owners, anyway; There's no Ashtons in Youghal in the census. Or Courts.

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:45:09

    Rebuilt 1898: www.dia.ie/works/view/54771/building/CO.+CORK%2C+ASHTON+C...

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:47:58

    It's part of a school now: www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/20823...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 09/Jul/2021 07:53:25

    The Merricks are there in 1901 and 1911.

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Jul/2021 08:19:53

    They (The Merricks) had a big shop in the town: www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/20823...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Jul/2021 08:31:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/rienkmebius Dank u wel.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Jul/2021 08:33:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia :-)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 08:43:13

    Streetview, the top of the "clock" tower is gone.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:01:52

    💡Mr French revisited when it was Loreto Convent - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319875 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000318083 That low pale hall building (see streetview) has a medallion on it with 1905. So before 1905 ?? See - youtu.be/pSppqtthYuc at 4:57

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:14:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I have changed the date range to 1898 - 1905. Are we all happy with that?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:15:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia "Detached nine-bay single-storey school with gabled bays, built 1905." per the NIAH, so yes. The red brick of Ashton looks new, with lime stains, but I don't see any builders mess, I'd say it is up a year or more, so middle of 1898-1905 somewhere.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:24:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Mr E. J. Merrick, Builder (see note) was just about to start work on the school !

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    sharon.corbet

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:36:13

    It doesn't change anything date wise, but I think the photos titled "Loreto Convent" are referring only to the buildings to the left, and that Ashton Court wasn't yet part of the convent/school complex. The 25" OSI Map shows them separate, for example, and I found a reference to Ashton Court being sold to an auctioneer by Mr. Merrick in 1923.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:42:36

    Oops! Wrong again! Note altered to read S. J. Merrick Grocer Draper

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 09:51:31

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet That map makes sense of the fancy but unmatching new gates on the later photo.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Jul/2021 10:29:05

    The 'clock' tower resembles another tower in Youghal - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/11304269495

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 10:32:06

    Death of Emily Louisa Merrick, Dec 1915, address Ashton Court. Death of Samuel John Merrick, Jan 1919, likewise.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 10:43:18

    In 1885 for the birth of Edith Marie, they were living a bit further out in Island View, Knockaverry. At Edith's death in 1923, her address was Ashton Court.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 10:49:28

    Per the 1911 census, 20 rooms occupied, 29 widows to the front.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 10:53:18

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] So Violet was present in Ashton Court at her sisters death, but then they sold up. The Mr. Merrick in 1923 would have been Samuel Alexander Little Merrick, born 1880. Little was his mother's maiden name, per the marriage record.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jul/2021 10:56:28

    I don't see any further reference to Violet or Samuel jr, marriages, births or deaths. They may have emigrated after selling up.

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Jul/2021 12:10:39

    Dog News Violet had a Dalmatian called Dudley King, which was very highly commended in the Ladies' Pets section at the County Cork Agricultural Society's Summer Show in 1904

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Jul/2021 13:56:07

    The Merricks (or Mrs Merrick at least) seem to have been travellers (or knew people who were travellers). Mrs. Merrick of Ashton Court, Youghal, won a label competition organised by The Gentlewoman. She sent in her collection of 296 hotel labels "from all parts of the world". The prize was 1 guinea, and her collection was returned to her. (Gentlewoman - Saturday 14 February 1903)

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    DannyM8

    • 09/Jul/2021 14:31:14

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Dog News noted!!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 09/Jul/2021 15:12:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I did find a Violet Margaret Merrick of the right age heading to Tangier with a family in 1939 as a governess.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Jul/2021 10:03:30

    I only just noticed that Edith and Violet Margaret are recorded on the same page: twins

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    silverio10

    • 11/Jul/2021 22:31:01

    Buenas fotos antiguas .