"Church, Interior, Arklow, Co. Wicklow" is in Arklow, but definitely exterior

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Where: Shelton Abbey, Shelton, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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When: Unknown

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This wonderful church interior, the stained glass, the pews, the... Oh! I must have been on the sauce last night without knowing it! This is clearly a beautiful mansion somewhere but where and is it still there?

Niall McAuley quickly identified this (clearly mislabelled) gothic manor as Shelton Abbey, County Wicklow. Previously the estate of the Earl of Wicklow, it definitely still stands, and has apparently been operated by the prison service as an 'open prison' since the 1970s.


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: c.1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_3838

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    Inverarra

    • 12/Jul/2017 06:58:33

    Wouldn't be surprised if some of your best detectives could hazard a guess as to where the church, whose interior you started to describe, is located. I have no idea where the fine building shown, is located.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 07:40:04

    There are arms on the building. Looks like two stags supporting a quartered shield with a crown and maybe a ship? Maybe a boar? The arms have a coronet, so baron or better.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:00:34

    Shelton Abbey, Arklow! (I looked at Eason photos nearby in the catalogue, and they are all mislabelled, and all near Arklow. Looking in the NIAH for Arklow produced this).

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    derangedlemur

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:01:38

    I'm busy today, but you might try here: archiseek.com/buildings/ireland-buildings/demolished/page... A lot of stuff north of the border wound up flattened.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:14:13

    The Arms are of the Earls of Wicklow, and the "boar" is a lion.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:14:17

    The current building is set in extensive grounds and replaced a previous less extensive country house which had, in 1690, accommodated the fleeing James II of England after the Battle of the Boyne. Is it the 12th July today? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelton_Abbey_Prison

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:24:55

    The wikipedia article on the Earl of Wicklow says the house was in the family until 1951, so still the seat of an Earl in this photo, Ralph Francis Forward-Howard, who was the 7th Earl from 1891 until 1946. As well as being an Earl, he sat in the Irish Senate from 1922-28.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:44:28

    As I mentioned above, several nearby shots have the wrong title in the catalogue. I think the intended title for this one is "Castle, Arklow, Co. Wicklow" which ended up on EAS_3842, a picture of Glasnevin Post Office.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:48:05

    With a tree and iron fence - earlier? [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5537757560/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Jul/2017 08:58:07

    Cows and goats - youtu.be/TS_BQiVZuWg Buddy DOGS - youtu.be/6ZgKPBPANiU

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 10:06:20

    ET B295 - a drawing, definitely before 1892. M21/42/9, Mason shot, 1890-1910 L_CAB_05704 from French/Lawrence

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 10:10:15

    L_ROY_03178 ditto L_CAB_05705 likewise

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Jul/2017 10:20:57

    The (pink) one above is much earlier - see the small window panes (12 per window), also seen in this stereo pair - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564102 . I think all the others in the catalogue have larger panes (2 per window),

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Jul/2017 10:21:16

    L_ROY_03177 STP_0784 An early one from the STPs, including scaffolding [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Snap!

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    derangedlemur

    • 12/Jul/2017 16:58:02

    Are we not having OSI today: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,721902,675462,11,9

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 12/Jul/2017 20:24:58

    Unlike yesterday's Taravie, I just want to be clear that I never 'holidayed' here in my youth, or since.

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    silverio10

    • 12/Jul/2017 21:41:40

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Jul/2017 22:44:18

    Muchas gracias a todos! Map, tags, and description are all updated. Now to bed with you all - there is a curfew to consider!

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 17/Jul/2017 07:00:10

    fantastic shot

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    philfluther

    • 20/Jul/2017 06:29:30

    One thing. Look great in snow. Another. Spanner grey cells. Suger Caster, Pepper Canister companion.