Friday 17 February 2023

Hampstead Hall


JOHN McCLINTOCK, son of John McClintock, of Hampstead Hall, County Londonderry, by Sarah his wife, daughter of James Acheson, married Margaret, daughter of Robert Alexander, merchant of Londonderry, and had issue,
WILLIAM KERR, his heir;
Samuel, of Gransha lodge;
Eliza; Anne; Jane.
Mr McClintock died in 1802, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

WILLIAM KERR McCLINTOCK JP (1788-1841), of Hampstead Hall, who wedded, in 1818, Sarah, eldest daughter of William Macky, of Londonderry, and had issue,
John Kerr;
William Kerr Macky;
THOMPSON MACKY, of whom hereafter;
Sarah; Anne; Ellen Macky; Louisa.
The third son,

THOMPSON MACKY McCLINTOCK JP (1826-1904), of Hampstead Hall, Captain, 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers, espoused, in 1856, Sarah Maria, elder daughter of the Rev John Conyngham McCausland, Rector of Clonmore, County Louth, and Sarah Anne his wife, daughter of Edward Elsmere and Sarah de Renzi his wife, of Clobemon Hall and Baltinglass, County Wexford, and had issue,
WILLIAM KERR, his heir;
John Conyngham;
Edward Elsmere;
Sarah Louisa; Ada Elsmere; Sydney Maria; Elizabeth Maude.
The eldest son,

WILLIAM KERR McCLINTOCK (1858-1940), of Hampstead Hall, and Redvers House, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Colonel Commanding 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, married, in 1895, Edith Mary, daughter of William Rowland Swanston, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and had issue,
William Kerr, b 1896;
Violet Kerr, 1902-3;
Anne Kerr, b 1904;
Margaret Kerr, b 1908.

HAMPSTEAD HALL, Culmore Road, Londonderry, is a two-storey, five bay Georgian house over a basement.

Two chimneystacks are prominent, as do quoins.

It has a hipped roof and a central, fan-lighted doorway with Tuscan-style, Doric columns.

Hampstead Hall was once called Greenhaw.

It is thought that the present house dates from 1820, and was rebuilt ca 1850.

Hampstead was owned from 1959 till 1979 by Mr Halliday; later by Dr Duff, who sold the land for housing development and erected a bungalow nearby.

The present owner bought the house with existing gardens and outbuildings in 1982.

During the 2nd World War the land was occupied with military installations.

The current owner has begun restoring the house and recapturing its architectural character and detailing.

It is renowned for its fine, landscaped gardens.

First published in February, 2017.


Anonymous said...

A pity about the satellite dish.

Norma Goodwin said...

When I lived there in 1954 it was owned by a widow, Mrs Eileen Halliley who was keeping a pig farm. The baconers were housed around the back yard and the breeding sows in the old walled garden. They were the large white breed and one had the pedigree name of Shantalow Susie and another Shantallow Sally. A third was called Dog Leap Lady Mollington. The young pigs were sold as porkers. The Ferry family lived in the cottage with their sons John and Shaun and Mr Ferry was the pig man. The grounds were then 32 acres with a long winding tree lined drive from the Culmore Road to the front door. My bedroom was above the front entrance. There was a wall safe in the back room but the key was lost. However Mrs Halliley asked my father to break it open which he did with tools from the dockyard. Inside were many treasures and photographs including those of the MClintock family and a lock of Lily's hair. Presumably Lily MClintock who died as a child. I attended Londonderry High School for girls and still use my old school woollen scarf in cold weather. It is navy blue with gold stripes. They were happy days.

Norma Goodwin Winchester

Unknown said...

Hi Norma Goodwin Winchester, thanks for such a vivid description of your time at Hampstead Hall. I'm researching my grandmother who was born in 1899 and lived in Hampstead Hall until the family moved in 1914. Is there a way of contacting you?

Andrew said...

Maybe it's trompe l'oeil?!

Anonymous said...

In researching my husband's side of the family I found that his great grandmother, Maria Anne Shiels (Sheils on her death certificate at GRONI) died at Hampstead Hall on 1 July 1920. Her son-in-law, Robert Nimmon JP, was present at her death. This was his home at the time. He was described in the 1911 Irish Census as a Shirt Manufacturer.