Saturday, 5 January 2013

Orangefield House: 1971

A former form master from Orangefield Boys Secondary School contacted a friend of mine recently to show a few 8mm films from 1971.

One of the films was made in the grounds of Orangefield House, then a burnt-out shell with a scrapyard of cars.

I am very grateful to Matt Maginnis for the use of these valuable photographic relics, taken prior to the imminent demolition of Orangefield House, Knockbreda, Belfast.

I have written extensively about the Orangefield Park, once the home of the Blakiston-Houstons. They owned over 5,000 acres at one time.

© MATT MAGINNIS 2013

The side elevation of the mansion, facing southwards, with its characteristic three-bay bow.

© MATT MAGINNIS 2013

Above, the entrance front, to the east.

© MATT MAGINNIS 2013

A closer aspect of the great columns at the entrance front.


© MATT MAGINNIS 2013

Finally, what was once the courtyard of a noble mansion house, used as a scrapyard. Are the remains of the white car those of a Morris Minor?

2 comments :

Gavin Bamford said...

Like.

Anonymous said...

Looks more like a Mark 9 Jaguar I think.