I have seen a delightful painting of the lodge and its surroundings taken by her in the mid-19th century:
The steeply-raked roof, twin lofty chimneys,white-washed walls and decorative woodwork finials and valances in the Bangor family's shade of golden yellow, as seen on their coat-of-arms.
The fine railings appear dark green and one of the gates is wide open. The lawns at each side are newly-mown.
Downpatrick gate lodge must have been built prior to Mary Ward's untimely death in 1869.
The Hon Mrs Henry Ward (Mary Ward) was born in 1827 though, sadly, her life was cut short by a tragic motor accident in 1869.
Had she survived, Mary Ward would have become the 5th Viscountess Bangor.
Her husband, the Hon Henry Ward, went on to become the 5th Viscount; and her son, the Hon Maxwell Ward, eventually succeeded as the 6th Viscount.
First published in May, 2009