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Categories of Special Interest


Original Use

Bishop's palace

In Use As

Building misc


1875 - 1880


168852, 335582

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Detached four-bay three-storey stone bishop's palace, built 1879. Main block faces north with two-storey half-octagonal engaged tower to west side, two-bay three-storey return to rear west, five-bay three-storey return to rear east with full-height square tower projecting from east side. Hipped slate roofs, wood-cored lead cappings to hips and ridges, substantial ashlar limestone corbelled chimneystacks, moulded cast-iron gutters on eaves corbel course, cast iron downpipes. Squared and coursed tooled limestone ashlar walling, flush ashlar strings, splayed limestone ashlar plinth, two-storey blind arch to entrance bay of north elevation. Square- and round-headed window openings, polished ashlar dressings, flush polished ashlar splayed sills, painted timber sash windows nine-over-nine panes to ground and first floors, six-over-six to second floor. Main entrance to north elevation with central doorway flanked by sidelights with Diocletion overlight all set under hood moulding, splayed dressings to door and sidelights shouldered to door lintel, balustered mullions to overlight, hardwood panelled double doors each with four raised-and-fielded panels, painted two-over-two timber sash windows to sidelights with wrought-iron grilles, plain-glazed fixed panes to overlight. Macadamed parking area to north, tree-lined avenue to leading north to cathedral, lawns with field railings. Enclosed yard to south approached through gateway with square ashlar limestone pillars, range of single- and two-storey pitched-roofed dormered stone outbuildings.


This very handsome building, built between 1878-80 to designs by George Goldie, assisted by P J Kilgallen, as a residence for Bishop Gillooly, contains a wealth of well-executed stone detailing and many other notable features including original joinery work. It is a prominent landmark with obvious relationship to other ecclesiastical buildings in the area. The attendant outbuildings and landscaped grounds complete the picture.