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Leap Castle, County Offaly
14939008
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Reg. No.14939008
Date1840 - 1880
Previous NameN/A
TownlandLEAP
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates212870, 197403
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Useoutbuilding
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Gothic Revival enclosed stable yard to Leap Castle, built c.1860, comprising stables and outbuildings. Now in use as a private dwelling. Located south-west of Leap Castle. Seven-bay two-storey castellated former stable with breakfront and central pointed-arched carriage arch opening accessing partially cobbled enclosed yard. Hipped slate roof with terracotta ridge tiles and pierced brick chimneystacks. Coursed limestone and sandstone walls with limestone cornice and castellated parapet. Pointed-arched window openings with yellow brick surrounds and sandstone sills. Carriage arch openings to rear elevation are now windows openings. Main entrance to house in upper level accessed from road side to west. Castellated entrance bay with limestone cornice and square-headed door opening. Three-bay range to south of yard comprised carriage arch openings to ground floor and former Orange Hall above. Additional two-storey outbuildings to north-west of yard with pitched corrugated roofs. Walled garden to west of yard. Cast-iron entrance gates to roadside access site.

Appraisal

Located adjacent to Leap Castle, this former stable yard was built by the Darby Family who occupied the castle from the mid sixteenth century until 1922. The enclosed stable yard had an impressive principal façade facing the castle, with castellated parapet and pointed-arched window openings. The range to the south of the yard had a long hall on its upper level. The present owners and neighbours believe that this hall was once used by the Orange Order and is still referred to locally as The Orange Hall. Of particular note are the unusual decorative pierced brick chimneystacks constructed of yellow brick and with yellow brick dressings. Leap Castle and associated structures are important features in the architectural heritage of County Offaly.
 
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