Mansion, Gorey, Co. Wexford

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The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this photo was what makes a house a mansion? Wikipedia provides the following definition: "A mansion is a large dwelling house. The word itself derives through Old French from the Latin word mansio "dwelling", an abstract noun derived from the verb manere "to dwell". The English word manse originally defined a property large enough for the parish priest to maintain himself, but a mansion is no longer self-sustaining in this way (compare a Roman or medieval villa)". What can you tell us about this particular mansion?

The general consensus (prompted initially by sharon.corbet) is that this is a view of Courtown House near Gorey, County Wexford. Demolished in the mid-20th century, this ex-mansion is now another entry in our "no longer standing" album.....


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_3726

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 17/Jan/2019 07:58:16

    Well, the NIAH seems to think this house is a myth, anyway.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Jan/2019 08:01:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] We like myths!

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    derangedlemur

    • 17/Jan/2019 08:41:09

    It appears to be facing west, which is unusual.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 17/Jan/2019 09:44:59

    Is it a side view of Courtown House?

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    derangedlemur

    • 17/Jan/2019 09:49:36

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet The style seems quite different. Which side do you think it is? (You're link's not working)

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    derangedlemur

    • 17/Jan/2019 09:52:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] I think you're right: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000317371

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    sharon.corbet

    • 17/Jan/2019 09:52:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Fixed the link. It may even be the back compared to the usual photos. (The right side of the photo I linked to.)

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    derangedlemur

    • 17/Jan/2019 09:55:35

    It's actually the north side, not the west side.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 09:56:39

    It is Courtown house. Here it is in the Lawrence archive: L_ROY_09931, and the 25" map.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:06:20

    This entry on a gatehouse at the estate at the NIAH says: A gate house surviving as an interesting relic of the Courtown House estate following the sale (1947) and subsequent demolition (1948-9) of the eponymous country house

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    sharon.corbet

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:10:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Archiseek claims it was only pulled down in 1962.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:11:59

    Here is the Viscount and his household in the 1911 Census. 8 in the family, 8 servants in the house itself.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:19:43

    The servants were a Butler, Cook, Nurse, Ladies Maid, 2 Housemaids, Kitchen Maid, Groom. No Valet, but then the Viscount himself was not at home.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:24:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] You can read the Earl's Diary at TCD. The Viscount Stopford was his son. Actually the 6th Earl was still Viscount Stopford in 1911, so it is "your" Viscount.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:26:23

    In 1901 the Viscount was home, but still no valet: Butler, Governess, Cook, 2 Ladiesmaids, 2 Housemaids, a Kitchen maid and a Groom.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:30:30

    Viscount James in the census became Earl in 1914, so depending on the date of this photo, he could have been either at the time.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Jan/2019 10:33:49

    The title is currently held by the 9th Earl, James Patrick Montagu Burgoyne Winthrop Stopford (wikipedia)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Jan/2019 11:06:52

    A hop, skip, and jump away from this one; what's the story with Gorey? https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/29713301347/

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 17/Jan/2019 15:49:56

    So sad that it is gone!!! Blessings from Texas!!!

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    philfluther

    • 17/Jan/2019 19:40:45

    Johnstown Castle porte-cochere!

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    silverio10

    • 17/Jan/2019 23:03:31

    Buenas fotos antiguas .