County Kildare: The Wonderful Barn

Attendant structures such as outbuildings and follies were an integral part of large and small demesnes. The Castletown estate has a selection of them, including the 'Wonderful Barn' (c. 1743), Barnhall, a corkscrew shaped grain store inspired by Indian rice stores.

Wonderful Barn originally Barn Hall, BARNHALL, County Kildare

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Freestanding single-bay six-stage grain store, dated 1743, on a circular plan with series of four single-bay single-storey gabled projecting bays. Now disused. Flat roof behind parapet approached by flight of ninety-four cut-limestone steps. Part creeper- or ivy-covered slate hung (lower stages) or lime rendered (upper stages) battered walls with rough faced cut-limestone stringcourses including rough…