Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Thomastown Park

BENNETT OF THOMASTOWN


THE BENNETTS WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY OFFALY, WITH 5,480 ACRES


NICHOLAS BENNETT, married Mabel O’Kelly, County Roscommon, and had issue, the eldest surviving son,

FRANCIS BENNETT, of Thomastown, who wedded Elizabeth Laffin, of County Kilkenny, his younger son,

VALENTINE BENNETT JP DL, of Thomastown; High Sheriff, 1830; married and had issue,

FRANCIS VALENTINE BENNETT JP DL, of Thomastown Park; High sheriff, 1854; died without issue, in 1890, and was succeeded by his brother,

FREDERIC PHILIP BENNETT JP DL (1830-1905); High Sheriff, 1895; succeeded his brother in 1890; died at Monaco, aged 75.

Mr Bennett left his estate to Valentine Ryan, on condition that he adopt the name BENNETT.



THOMASTOWN HOUSE, near Birr, County Offaly, was built in the mid-18th century. There is said to be an old castle within the demesne.

The house, built during the mid-18th century for the Leggat family, and in the ownership of the Bennett family during the 19th century, was once a large and important demesne within County Offaly.

The house even had a private chapel. Though the country house itself is no longer extant, the associated structures of the demesne remain.

Notable elements include the large walls which surround what once was a deer park; the finely tooled limestone entrance gates; the walled garden; and the outbuilding with ashlar bellcote.

The walled garden, outbuilding, deer park and former entrance gates and lodge to former Thomastown Park House, built ca 1750.

Main entrance gates (above) with square-profile, ashlar limestone gate piers with frieze and capping stones with wrought-iron gates flanked by pedestrian entrances with tooled limestone surrounds flanked by quadrant walls; large, walled deer park to north of former demesne with random coursed stone walls.

Walled garden to west of former house site with random coursed stone walls and red brick internal wall to north.

Outbuilding to farmyard complex with roughcast rendered walls, corrugated roof and ashlar limestone bellcote to south-east elevation.

Segmental and square-headed carriage arch openings with corrugated doors.

The estate was sold by Group Captain R S Ryan in 1951.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tim,

It occurs to me that one northern house and family is without an article; Bartons of The Waterfoot, Pettigo (is that in NI?!). Some interesting members, including (relatively recently) Sir Sydney Barton, think he died in the early '50s.

W.

Timothy Belmont said...

That's interesting, W: Same Bartons as the Bartons of Straffan, co Kildare (K Club now).

Anonymous said...

I think they are related o Dunbar Barton, Bt etc also.

W.