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A massive set of gate pillars surmounted by two big cats guard the entrance to what look a very institutional style building in the grounds. Castlerock in Co. Sligo is not a place that I am familiar with but hopefully I will be enlightened by the end of the day?

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_3375

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Wendy:

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:03:55

    what off putting guard dogs!

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:16:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/47290943@N03/ There is a town land with that name in County Sligo, currently has a National School, but little else showing in the area….

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:23:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/47290943@N03/ However, we can ignore the reference to County Sligo, because this location isn’t even in the Republic! It’s actually the entrance to the National Trust owned Mussenden Temple and Downhill House off the A2 near Castlerock in Northern Ireland…..

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:24:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/47290943@N03/] maps.app.goo.gl/BYu6cReT2uFQbzyc6?g_st=ic

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:29:07

    Some of the other Castlerock, Sligo shots in the archive are actually Castlerock in Antrim.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:31:35

    Streetview of the gates at Downhill Demesne - Entrance and Parking, Mussenden Rd, Castlerock, Coleraine BT51 4RP

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:34:27

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl] Snap! Downhill house at wikipedia: The original principal entrance to the demesne was the Lion's Gate, which was actually guarded by two heraldic ounces or snow leopards, the supporters of the Hervey coat of arms.

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:34:49

    It’s history www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/northern-ireland/mussenden...

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:38:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/30369211@N00/ Yep! We got this one sorted pretty quickly today!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:41:00

    In 1911, nobody home bar two servants, Ellen Lees and Minnie Davis. On form B1 the house has 45 windows to the front, 50 rooms, owned by Sir H. Bruce.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:44:17

    House suffered a major fire and was dismantled in 1950.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:44:23

    Henry Hervey Bruce is at home in 1901. I can't make out his profession Baronet? P.L Lieutenant Londonderry? Per thepeerage linked below, he was indeed a Baronet, the 3rd Baronet Bruce, of Downhill, and he was Lord Lieutenant of Londonderry.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:51:05

    According to thepeerage, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Hervey Bruce, 3rd Bt. died in 1909. Then the title passed to Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce, 4th Bt. until 1919. Then Major Sir Hervey Ronald Bruce, 5th Bt until 1924. And finally in this date range, Sir Hervey John William Bruce, 6th Bt. who lived until 1971. Per that wikipedia article above: The Bruce family continued to own the house until 1946, so throughout the Eason date range.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:51:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl Nice one Colin. When I first saw the name Castlerock I thought Northern Ireland but the Sligo bit threw me!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 08:54:18

    There are some other Castlerock Eason shots - not necessarily the same date. EAS_3374 looks to be maybe 1910 from the ladies hats.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 06/Sep/2023 09:02:00

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2017 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/48534753@N06/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/48534753@N06/34186550740/

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Sep/2023 10:45:15

    The Castle and part of the surrounding estate were bought from Sir Hervey Bruce Bt by Mr F. W. Smyth, an Ulsterman living near Chichester. He presented the Mussendon Temple to the National Trust Committee for Northern Ireland in 1950. At the same time Bishops Gate, Lion's Gate and the mausoleum were scheduled as ancient monuments. (article in Londonderry Sentinel on Thursday 26 January 1950)

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Sep/2023 11:00:39

    The Belfast News-letter is sometimes amazing! It was on 13 April 1927 (which was a Wednesday) Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 13 April 1927 No leaves on the tree, but the branches look to be about the same size.

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    Vab2009

    • 06/Sep/2023 11:10:33

    County Londonderry. With a fascinating history. Now owned by the National Trust. The major fire was 1851. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/northern-ireland/mussenden...

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Sep/2023 11:11:25

    SUDDEN DEATH KLAXXXXXXON Northern Whig - Saturday 10 December 1898:

    SAD DEATH OF A GAMEKEEPER AT DOWNHILL. An inquest held on Thursday evening by Dr. W. H. Caldwell, J.P., Coroner for Coleraine district, and a jury at the house of Mr. H. Woodburn, Downhill, on the body of Isaac Wray, assistant gamekeeper, whose death was caused by falling from a cliff near the Lion’s Gate, close to Downhill Castle, while beating for game. The deceased, who is in the employment of the Right Hon. Sir H. M. Bruce, Bart., owner of the Downhill estate, had been out with a shooting party at the time of the accident. The first witness was James Glenn, Carnowine. who deposed that he was with the party which was out shooting the previous day. The jury returned a verdict that deceased died from injuries accidentally received by falling over a precipice Drumasully on the 9th December, the cause of death death being concussion the brain.

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 12:16:50

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/47290943@N03/ Funny, I thought of this guy https://flic.kr/p/9HCUYu via Arizona Jones

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 12:18:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/34305619@N06/ No, lions

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 12:48:07

    Only the shell remains https://flic.kr/p/hGPCCd via Vlado V

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 20:41:49

    The Mussenden Temple on the grounds https://flic.kr/p/VBwhY8 via Paul

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 06/Sep/2023 20:41:52

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Boundary stone at foot of left column, near the pale circle of lichen. Interesting to see how the lichen has spread in 100 years; must be a slow news day! www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-58979589

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 20:56:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ One of several types of Ordnance Survey marks, this one called a ‘cut mark’ where the horizontal bar indicates a height above ‘sea level’

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Sep/2023 22:00:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ BM 195.7 on the OS map

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Sep/2023 22:57:54

    A view from above maps.app.goo.gl/7uVnYJgHbQKeMGNr6?g_st=ic

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Sep/2023 08:30:18

    Pics of the Hervey coat of arms with the original Ounces.