Bellevue Conservatory, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

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Where: Unnamed Road, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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A rival to the National Botanical Gardens in the heart of Wicklow? This fine series of glasshouses and conservatory seem to have a strikingly modern design to rival those of the Botanic Gardens! If they still exist what are/were they used for? Commercial or research? Native flowers or exotics? And who put them there?

Happy Valentine's day to every one - may you have lots of chocolates, get loads of cards, and generally feel much love today! We got something of a Valentine's present ourselves - in the form of answers to nearly all questions:
- Standing? No - the house/etc pulled down in the 1950s
- Exotics? Yes - apparently "Many rare exotics"
- Who? Peter Shanley - for the estate of Peter La Touche
- When? c.1796 - when it was the "largest conservatory in Europe"


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_09902

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:10:34

    Bellevue was a Big House, now gone. OSI 25", I think all the crosshatched buildings are glasshouses.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:12:56

    A google maps aerial view shows the walls standing, but the glass is all gone.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:16:03

    Many entries in the DIA including a 264 ft range of conservatories in 1796, for Peter La Touche.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:16:25

    " ... a 650-feet conservatory, which would house many exotic plants as well as an orangery, a cherry house, a peach house and a vinery. Completed in 1793, this magnificent creation was then the largest conservatory in Europe. ..." From www.greystonesguide.ie/requiem-for-the-big-house-on-the-h... - includes a YouTube video of a walk around the grounds with locals holding a copy of this photo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:17:49

    Ha ha! Beautiful gardens were laid out with winding paths and "extras" built by David and his son, Peter, when he inherited in 1785. Among these was the Octagon, built in 1766, with a panther on springs, which could be made to jump out at unwary visitors. The house was most famous for its huge glasshouse, built between 1783 and 1793, in which many exotic plants were grown.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:20:54

    Bellevue now fell on hard times, and in 1906 Mr. James North, the Auctioneer, conducted a sale of family treasures. The family now tried taking in paying guests, and land was sold to the Holy Faith Sisters to build a school. Dr. Archer was instrumental in helping to build a Golf Club in Delgany, he being elected its first President. However, the Archers finally vacated Bellevue in 1913, and went to live in Malvern in Delgany village. The house fell into decay and was pulled down in the early l950s, and the lands were taken over by the Forestry Division of the Department of Lands.

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    Wendy:

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:29:52

    what a loss!

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:38:39

    Yes, the glasshouses snaked around to the back of the house - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000317345

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    O Mac

    • 14/Feb/2017 09:39:38

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/lizinitaly] I agree....It's a pane.(sic)

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 14/Feb/2017 10:01:14

    People who love in glass-houses, shouldn't. Happy Valentine's !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Feb/2017 10:09:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Lady Shatterly?

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 14/Feb/2017 13:43:08

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] hahaha.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 14/Feb/2017 21:54:41

    Roses are red, Violets are blue, This Valentine's Day We remembered Bellevue !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Feb/2017 00:28:50

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia]! Not a limerick though - it'll be haiku next :) Map/tags/etc all updated based on today's inputs...

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    philfluther

    • 20/Feb/2017 16:10:37

    "The Garden of Ireland".