Castle on the hay covered hill

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Where: 17 Drumnadonaghy Rd, Larne BT40 2TE, UK

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This beautifully restored(?) castle set in a field of early cut hay is this offering from the Stereo Pairs Collection. When you think how old these images are the quality and clarity is just remarkable. Where is it and what does it look like now?

With thanks to sharon.corbet we got answers to both of these questions. The first answer (where?) is that this is Kilwaughter Castle, an early 19th century mansion close to Larne, County Antrim. The second answer (look like now?) is that it doesn't look so great. Seized during WWII, it fell into ruin from the 1950s onwards, and barely a shell remains. There does however seem to be a campaign to see it restored....

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_0472

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    domenico milella

    • 21/Jun/2018 07:54:33

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:03:25

    There is a coat of arms above the door, but too distant to help...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:04:12

    Initial search of the NIAH site doesn't show anything, suggesting it is in the North or No Longer Standing...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:08:54

    Kilwaughter Castle, Co. Antrim.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:12:58

    Google Photo Sphere.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:23:50

    Well done [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]! So it is both in the North and ruined! French/Lawrence in the archive.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:24:06

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! In 2007 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/1568832303/] c. 1913 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/35050069904/] in the snow via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/23900316515/]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:26:27

    Many such big houses in the South were burned during the War of Independence, but this one was just abandoned and fell into ruin.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:30:28

    The architect was John Nash (DIA link) who also did Cutra Castle in Galway: Gothic revival castle

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:32:55

    And Shane's Castle: Brick turretted tower

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:42:21

    And Shanbally Castle, Tipperary: 1810 Shanbally Castle

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:55:11

    and Killymoon: Killymoon Castle Cookstown

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 08:57:26

    And St. Paul's Church in Cahir: Cahir Castle, Tipperary

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Jun/2018 09:18:18

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] (see black-edged photos above) is the current owner's daughter, according to - www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/antrim/A10... I am sure she will be interested in this stereo pair photo (and other Lawrence ones), and will have more information. Does Kilwaughter rhyme with daughter? Or laughter?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2018 09:37:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Or maybe Kilwackter? Kilwockter? Kilwawchhhhther?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Jun/2018 09:45:37

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Oh golly! Confused! Recommend [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/]'s Flickr page for an amazing collection of photos of this place. The monkey puzzle tree seen in some photos (not this one) and other shrubbery should provide relative dating ...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Jun/2018 18:23:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] More or less Kilwater according to the locals.

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    VeltaT

    • 25/Jun/2018 23:35:33

    Such a beautiful castle. It breaks my heart to see it today. It is such a shame that these treasures cannot be restored. Just beautiful.