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Portumna Castle, Portumna, Portumna, County Galway
30343037
East lodge
Reg. No.30343037
Date1800 - 1810
Previous NameN/A
TownlandPORTUMNA DEMESNE
CountyCounty Galway
Coordinates185168, 204284
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL
RatingRegional
Original Usegate lodge
 
Description
Pair of detached octagonal-plan gate lodges, built c.1805, inside outermost gateway of Portumna Castle. That to east is roofless and partly ruinous, with rubble limestone walls, ogee-headed door and window openings with roughly dressed limestone surrounds and tooled heads, no fittings. Building to west largely ruinous, with cut-stone sills to window openings. Doorways of both buildings face each other across avenue leading to Castle.

Appraisal

Though unroofed and partially ruinous these modest gate lodges form an integral part of the formal entrance to Portumna Castle. Possibly to the designs of Sir Richard Morrison who designed the adjacent entrance gateway, they are Gothic Revival in style, their octagonal plan adding interest. The ogee-headed window and door openings reflect an interest in archaeological detailing to give the lodges the appearance of much older structures. The lodges and adjacent entrance gateway are located at the focal point of the avenue which leads south to the inner courtyard and main entrance door of the Castle. They form part of a nationally important group with the castle, gates and other garden features.
 
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