A strong lean to the left on this image provoked the title on this image of Knapton House to be compared with the (normally) incomparable leaning tower of Pisa! Jonah Barrington is a name that many of us will be familiar with but know little about? Situated outside Abbeyleix in County Laois it looks like a fine solid home that may have survived to the present day.
I don't know why but when comparing Knapton with Pisa this song came to mind! www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWgvUG3DoE4
Photographer: Irish Tourism Association Photographer
Demolished in 1957, according to this extensive history of the house - laoishouses.wordpress.com/tag/country-house/
Sir Jonah Barrington, K.C. (1756/57 – 8 April 1834) From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah_Barrington_(judge)
Probably more history than you want to know laoishouses.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/knapton-the-mothers-...
Is this a different Knapton? m.facebook.com/Wistorical/photos/knapton-houseabbeyleix-c...
The NIAH says: Class: House - 16th/17th century Townland: KNAPTON Description: Reference to early structure here, pre 1773 (Bence, Jones 1978, 178). Described by Bence-Jones as 'A small house of ca 1773 with good neo-classical interior decoration built onto an earlier structure, Now demolished.' No visible surface remains of any dwelling pre 1773.
10 residents in the townland in the 1901 census. It appears this house was not inhabited.. In 1911, Murray and Gladys Hornibrook were in residence. They are described at [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s history page, leaving in 1922.
Earlier...same view point. flic.kr/p/2o6Myyf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It was leaning the other way before!