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Where: N Ireland, Fermanagh and Omagh, UK

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Lough Erne in County Fermanagh looks beautiful in the early morning mist with the broad expanse of water and the many islands making it a place of adventure and romance! The premises in the foreground has signs of former grandeur with that flag mast, the cast iron gate posts and railing on the balcony. Yet there are signs of neglect with stuff left lying about.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_01106

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 29/Jun/2021 07:56:25

    I think that's Rossclare House overlooking Lower Lough Erne: www.google.com/maps/@54.4359036,-7.7050463,267m/data=!3m1...

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:01:04

    I remember this place, when I visited Ballycassidy, a long time ago. Such a beautiful and sweet place.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:01:34

    It served as a TB hospital in the mid-1900s, when it was know as Killadeas Hospital: collections.st-andrews.ac.uk/item/killadeas-hospital-co-f...

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:04:15

    The OSI third edition map (1900-1907) shows a flagstaff in the front lawn - available here: apps.spatialni.gov.uk/PRONIApplication/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:20:09

    Reverse view - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000338876 Edit: title says "Rossclare Hotel"

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:29:22

    It's had a major restoration in recent years: www.rpparchitects.co.uk/portfolio/portfolio/rossclare-house/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:38:55

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! Via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/], a photo by Mr Baird of Belfast, from that railway Donegal book of 1908 - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14799879083/] View relevant page of book online - "Manager Neil Macnair" - archive.org/details/picturesquedoneg00shru/page/n5/mode/1...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jun/2021 08:40:32

    Mr French / Lawrence has a similar view; earlier or later ? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322404

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jun/2021 09:08:32

    Mr French / Lawrence also took a photo looking left from the balcony. I wonder if there is a photo of the middle view too, forming a p-a-n-o-r-a-m-a ? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000338874 Edit: probably no middle photo because that tree was in the way.

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    Foxglove

    • 29/Jun/2021 09:25:43

    I am bemused by the pillar with spirals by the path

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    cargeofg

    • 29/Jun/2021 09:40:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I saw that also and though it maybe cast iron but looking at it on Megazoom perhaps not. Stone with painted flutes and may have had a sundial on it originally ?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jun/2021 09:45:50

    Hmmm - via Trove, in July 1901 it was a sanatorium; see this article about open-air cures for consumption - "... In Ireland there is a very nice sanatorium at Rossclare, overlooking Lough Erne, near Enniskillen, where people of very moderate means are treated. I have heard of one or two very gratifying cases of cure effected here, and verified by Dublin physicians. ..." See - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/71470135?searchTerm=ro...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jun/2021 10:10:46

    THe DIA has an entry, 1870: CO. FERMANAGH, ROSSCLARE, LAKE ERNE HOTEL New hotel 'recently erected' on property of Mervy D'Arcy Irvine of Castle Irvine. Prospectus states that it is not 'meant…for visitors as a residence to pass a mere existence of life in, but is rather meant for those "who are on pleasure bent, and not of ever frugal mind"' Steam yachts with German band aboard carry visitors to the islands. The index map for the OSI shows Sanatorium.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jun/2021 10:19:08

    While the hotel may date from 1870, there was a Rossclare House on the site for the 1830s OS 6" survey,

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jun/2021 10:25:05

    Edited: The house and building return form from the 1911 census records the house as a hotel, but the only person living there is Thomas H. Dodson, a printer. No, that was 1911. In 1901 there is a long list of patients, and the building is given as a Sanatorium Hospital.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jun/2021 10:56:49

    A search at the British Newspaper Archive shows a mix of Hotel and Sanatorium references: Aug 1899 Sanatorium "has opened" Apr 1900 Sanatorium Jun 1901 - Sanatorium Dec 1902 - Home for Epileptics Oct 1905 - Hotel (application for a license) Apr 1906 - Hotel Aug 1908 - Hotel Jun 1911 - Hotel Aug 1912 - Sanatorium Sep 1913 - Sanatorium

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jun/2021 11:06:29

    L_CAB_01109 nearby is after 1892. L_CAB_01110 must be after 1901 - Ping Pong Room. L_CAB_01118 shows why this is an unreliable dating method, as it is from 1872 latest.

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    suckindeesel

    • 29/Jun/2021 12:48:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley the 1901 has a 'workhouse' return form. Patients identified by initials only. The 1911 lists only one occupant, very strange for an hotel, where were the staff?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Jun/2021 13:25:27

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I'm guessing that in 1911, the hotel was closed and preparing to be a Sanatorium again in 1912.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 29/Jun/2021 22:28:58

    In 2016 it looked fantabulous; must be about due to become a sanatorium again now! "Cameron Landscapes 2016 'Bog Oak' Winner" - youtu.be/0Zwj7yhQ9hg