Sunday, 20 November 2016

Castle Archdale Pictures

PETER ARCHDALE HAS SENT ME SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF CASTLE ARCHDALE MANOR HOUSE, COUNTY FERMANAGH

The Georgian manor house had a basement, accessible from the courtyard at the rear.

The courtyard still exists and is in excellent condition.

One side of the courtyard used to serve as a hostel (the side facing the lough and the huge elevated water tanks), which was closed down ca 2004.

A brand new purpose-built hostel opened in the centre of Enniskillen.

Incidentally, I stayed in the Castle Archdale hostel a number of times; even till 2004, when it closed its doors for the last time.

The fellow who managed it was called Stephen, I think.

I stayed at the hostel because (excepting frugality!) I wished to get a sense of the heritage and antiquity of the place.

The elevated water tanks were painted green (as far as I recall) and could be seen as a landmark from vessels on Lough Erne. 

The colour image was taken prior to demolition in the 1970s: Clicking on it will greatly enhance the detail.

The manor house was derelict by 1959, and was swept away ca 1975; as was the north gate lodge.

First published in August, 2010.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

I wonder why the extreme left side window on the upper floor was enlarge (an offence to symmetry!)?

W.

Sandy said...

Must have been a damp old pile, as all the sash windows are open in the first photograph!
Great pics.

Anonymous said...

I think you're right, 'Sandy' ...it's very close to the water's edge (looks to be practically built on the marshes).

W.

Lord Ballygowan said...

LB,

Regarding the upstairs window alteration, you are correct. This was pointed out to us in the RAF Castle Archdale museum at our visit there last summer.

LB.

Anonymous said...

What a tragic loss. Very pleasing looking house, despite later window abberation. On the larger side of manageable these days. Must have been a great burden in the post-war era, with few mod cons. Might have survived if it had been in Co Down.

roy beal said...

I was at RAF Castle Archdale 1955-7.
Lived on the top floor with others in the Armory. SAC Accounts with office on second floor. Pity it was demolished, since the ops room was still there with the last chalk board ops on the wall. The old library was still there too!!

Roy Beal

Anonymous said...

If anyone has interior photographs of the Archdale manor house I would be very interested in seeing them.

Conaire McNeary (Warden Castle Archdale)
conaire.mcneary@doeni.gov.uk

Irish Aesthete said...

Does anyone know what happened to the fine cut-stone door frame? They were usually saved when a house was demolished...