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Gloster Obelisk, Shinrone, County Offaly
14942016
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Reg. No.14942016
Date1710 - 1750
Previous NameN/A
TownlandGLASDERRY MORE
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates208859, 194559
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usefolly
In Use Asfolly
 
Description
Single-arch folly with carved sandstone cornice to supporting piers flanked by obelisks, c.1730, with niches to bases of obelisks. Located to east of Gloster House on an elevated site terminating a view through mature woodlands.

Appraisal

The Gloster Obelisk is a wonderful example of an eighteenth-century folly. Reminiscent of the Castletown Obelisk, the obelisk at Gloster House is smaller. Nonetheless it creates a remarkable termination of the vista from the house, through a mature woodland, to the obelisk on an elevated height framed by the sky behind. Attributed to Edward Lovett Pearce, a leading exponent of Palladianism in Ireland, the obelisk was a form much favored by architects in the early eighteenth century.
 
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