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Castlestrange, County Roscommon
31941001
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Reg. No.31941001
Date1810 - 1850
Previous NameN/A
TownlandCASTLESTRANGE
CountyCounty Roscommon
Coordinates181884, 259901
Categories of Special InterestARTISTIC ARCHITECTURAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usefarmyard complex
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Ruin of three-bay three-storey over basement former country house, built c.1830. L-plan range of two-storey outbuildings to east of house, U-plan coach house and stables and gate lodge to the estate. L-plan outbuildings now in use as a private dwelling with rear of house facing onto courtyard. Pitched slate roof with terracotta ridge tiles and stone chimneystacks. Random coursed walls, rendered to north-facing elevation. All square-headed window openings with replacement aluminium windows. Adjacent outbuilding with half hipped slate roof and random coursed limestone walls now in use as farm building. Pedimented bellcote to yard and fuel store with pointed-arched openings. Derelict U-plan coach house and stables with squared limestone walls and tooled limestone cornice and quoins having family crest set into wall. Limestone surrounds to carriage arch and door openings and red brick surrounds to window openings. Additional coach house to east accessed through wrought-iron gate piers flanked by ashlar gate piers. Three-bay single-storey with attic storey former gate lodge to south of main house.

Appraisal

Although the main house is now in ruins, the Castlestrange estate, the outbuildings adjacent to the ruined house continue in use, as a private dwelling. While this outbuilding has been saved from dereliction by its change of use, the coach house and stables have succumbed to that fate. These remarkable buildings are a display of the opulence of the estate and the central arrangement of five carriage arch openings is a striking composition. Although greatly diminished, Castlestrange survives as a living estate where buildings of architectural and social importance remain. Castlestrange is also the home of a Celtic La Tène stone known locally as the Castlestrange Stone.
 
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