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Portumna Castle, Portumna, Portumna, County Galway
30343038
Front elevation
Reg. No.30343038
Date1850 - 1870
Previous NameN/A
TownlandPORTUMNA DEMESNE
CountyCounty Galway
Coordinates185267, 204308
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC
RatingRegional
Original Usegate lodge
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached three-bay single-storey former gate lodge, built c.1860, now in use as house. Pitched slate roof with red brick and dressed limestone chimneystack with half-hexagon plan ends and chamfered limestone plinth, cut limestone copings and eaves course, terracotta ridge crestings, and cast-iron rainwater goods. Reticulated dressed limestone walls. Square-headed window openings with chamfered limestone reveals, sloping stone sills, block-and-start surrounds, carved label-mouldings and triple-light timber casement windows with Tudor arch top panes. Pointed arch door opening with carved chamfered surround, hood-moulding, timber battened door, and limestone step and threshold. Entrance gates to east side at head of avenue leading to former farm courtyard of Castle.

Appraisal

This simple yet well designed gate lodge formerly controlled the main entrance gates leading to the farm courtyard and demesne of Portumna Castle. It is a good example of Gothic and Tudor Revival architecture with pointed openings and mouldings. The unusual stonework, which is cut in irregular lozenge shapes, matches the flanking walls of the associated gate sweep. It forms part of an important group with the adjacent gate lodges, gates and other garden features, all part of the demesne of Portumna Castle.
 
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