Lost Northern Ireland

This is a list of the ‘lost’ (i.e. demolished or roofless shell/ruined) country houses of Northern Ireland (6 of 9 Ulster counties),  in county/house name order. It accompanies the lists for Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, to appreciate their design and craftspersonship at the height of their grandeur. The initial source is the Mark Bence-Jones book A Guide to Irish Country Houses, 1996 (GICH). If you wish to suggest additions to the list, or links to pre-loss photos, or assist with this project, please contact Andrew.

Approx 100 country houses have been lost in total over the 6 counties,

of which 15 house shells (ruins) remain, that could be restored.

The ‘reason for loss’ letter codes after the year are explained on the Legend

County Antrim – 29 houses
Abbeylands House, Whiteabbey – 1914, (by Suffragettes) B, photo, LBNIGICH
Aberdelghy, Lambeg – tba, D, websitePGUK, GICH
Antrim Castle (Massereene Castle), Antrim – 1922 Oct 28 / 1970, T, D, websiteDINILBNI, LBNI, WIKIGICH
Ardoyne House, Edenderry, North Belfast – c1935, Du, photohistoryGICH
Ballymagarry House [I], Bushmills – 1745, B, N, seat of Marquess of Antrim from mid-C17, LBNI
Ballymagarry House [II], Bushmills – late C20, D, N, built pre-1832, DINI
Ballymena Castle, Ballymena – 1955 / 1957, A, (arson) B, D, photos, LBNIGICH
Cairncastle Lodge (Carnfunnock Country Park), Ballygalley – c1938, De, websiteLBNI, WIKI
Clare Park, Ballycastle – c1980s, De, DINI, LBNI, LBNI, newsGICH
Conway House (Conway Hotel), Dunmurry – 1976, T, Du, DINILBNI, WIKIGICH
Crebilly House (Crebilly Castle, Craigbilly), Ballymena – 1921 or 1922 May 20, T, S, 1960s D N, LBNIphotosGICH
Edenmore House, Whiteabbey – 2016, (housing) Du, built c1865, for sale 2015, LBNI
Glassabreeden, Whitehouse – tbc, Victorian home of Sir William Moore, LBNIGICH
Glendaragh (Glendarragh), Crumlin – 1950, (half, dry rot) P, DINI, PGUKGICH
Glenmona House (Glenmona Lodge) – 1922 May, T, (1923) N, LBNI, website, FB, NT, DINI, GICH
Glynn, Glynn – tbc, Victorian 3-storey house owned by Johnston family, GICH
Kilwaughter Castle, Larne – c1951, Su, Dw, S, websiteFB, part-sold 2021, news, YTDINILBNI, LFBI, GICH
Langford Lodge, Crumlin – c1959, Su, LBNI, WIKIwebsiteGICH
Leslie Hill, Ballymoney – 1955, (2 wings/links) P, (1 wing/link) Pr, photoLBNI, DINIGICH
Lissanoure Castle, Killagan – 1847 Oct 5, (gunpowder explosion) B, website, LBNI, GICH
Longwood House, Newtownabbey – pre-1978, D, now Abbeycentre, photo, photo
Loughanmore House, Dunadry – 1988, D, photoDINILFBI, GICH
Moneyglass House, Toomebridge – C20 tba, DINI, LBNI, PGUK, Game of Thrones, GICH
Mount Edwards, Cushendall – tbc, 2-storey owned by Boyd & Cuppage families, GICH
Parkmount House, Belfast – 1932, LBNIGICH
Scoutbush House (Scout Bush), Carrickfergus – 1972, photosPGUK
Shane’s Castle I, Randalstown – 1816, B, S, website, DINIGICH
Shane’s Castle II (O’Neill’s Castle), Randalstown – 1922 May 20, T, D, LBNIGICH
Tullymore Lodge, Broughshane – c1980s, N, photos, photoLBNIDINI, PGUKGICH
– further county reading: GENI, Oracle, UAHS, UAHSNIHGCAlston (bio, obit)

County Armagh – 9 houses
Ballymoyer, Belleek – c1918, Dw, LBNI, LBNI, WIKIGICH
Bellevue House, Lurgan – tba, (Belvedere Manor housing estate) Du, LBNI
Carrickblacker House, Portadown – 1958, D, (clubhouse 1988) N, LBNI, photos, GICH
Charlemont Fort, Moy (near Roxborough Castle) – 1920 July 30 am, T, (gatehouse remains) D, image, image, LBNI, LBNI, ASWIKIGICH
Churchill House (Church Hill), Verner’s Bridge, Tamnamore – 1928, Iw, NLICHS, LBNI
Drumbanagher House, Poyntzpass – 1951, Dw, Iw, LBNI, WIKIGICH
Drumilly House (Drummilly House), Loughgall – 1966, D, photophoto, photo, photo, LBNI, DINIGICH
Drumsill House (Drumsill Hotel), Armagh City – c1972, T, D, (hotel) N, hotel 1957-72, photo, image, LBNI, PGUKGICH
The Pavilion, Armagh City – c1960, (school) Du, photo, photo, photoLBNI, LBNIGICH
Tynan Abbey, Tynan – 1981 Jan 21, T, (c1998, excl porch) D, TB, WIKI, SB-LVB, LBNI, LBNI, image, GICH
– further county reading: GENIUAHS, UAHS, PEVSNIHGCAlston (bio, obit)

County Down – 23 houses
Ballymenoch House (Ballymenagh House, Ballymenech House), Ballymenoch Park, Holywood – 1913, (possibly Suffragettes) B, D, photoLBNI, PGUK
Bancroft House – tbc, Georgian 3-storey 5-bay fanlighted-doorway, GICH
Bangor Castle, Bangor [II] – 1853, (1847-52) N, b1790s in Gothic style, LBNI
Belvoir House (Belvoir Park, Deramore Park), Newtownbreda, Belfast – 1961 (by Forest Service) Du, LBNI, LBNI, LBNI, LBNI, TIARDNIinteriorbook, GICH (says d1950s)
Brooklands, Belfast – c1972-c1985, (road) Du, DINI, LBNIGICH
Conlig House (Little Clandeboye, The Cloisters), Bangor – post 1950s, D, LBNI
Dalchoolin House, Holywood – tba, (1902–4 Cultra Manor) N, LBNI, WIKIwebsite
Donard Lodge, Newcastle – 1966, D, LBNIGICH
Dromore House (Bishop’s Palace, Dromore Palace, Loyola House), Dromore – post 1918, A, D, LBNI, ASGICH
Dundrum Castle mansion, Dundrum – late-C18 or early-C19, S, built post-1660, image, websiteWIKI
Gill Hall (Gillhall), Dromore – 1969 or 1970, B, D, LBNI, AS, PGUKGICH
Killynether House, Killynether – 1966, (dryrot) D, LBNI, LBNI, LBNI
Moira Castle, Moira – c1870, D, paintingLBNIGICH
Mount Panther, Dundrum – 1960s, Iw, S, DINI, LBNI, LBNILFBI, TIA, for sale 2014GICH
Norwood Tower, Strandtown – 1955, D, image, LBNI, LBNI, LBNI, LBNI
Old Court House, Strangford – 1922 May 18, T, N, photo, photoLBNI, LBNI, ANCE, chapel website, WIKIGICH
Orangefield House, Knockbreda, Belfast – early-1970s, B, D, LBNIGICH
Ormeau House, Belfast – post-1869, (Belfast Castle) Su, (by Council) D, b1823 by William Vetruvius Morrison for 2nd Marquess of Donegallimage, LBNIGICH
Portavo House, Donaghadee – c2009, (1844) B, (1880) N, (2009) N, LBNI, LBNI, PGUK, GICH
Purdysburn House, Newtownbreda – c1965, Du, LBNIRDNI, hospital
Shrigley Hall, Killyleagh – tbc, c1970, Victorian Italianate home of Martin family, GICH
Timpany, Ballynahinch – tbc, website, GICH
Tollymore Park (Tullymore Park), Bryansford – 1952, (by Forest Service, dry rot) D, LBNI, GICH
– further county reading: GENI, ANCEUAHS, UAHSNIHGCAlston (bio, obit)

County Fermanagh – 14 houses
Castle Archdale, Irvinestown – 1970, Dw, (1957) A, LBNI, LBNI, WWIIGICH
Castle Balfour, Lisnaskea – 1803, (arson) B, S, built 1618, websiteLBNI, WIKI
Castle Caldwell, Belleek – late C19, Su, A, S, LBNI, LBNIGICH
Castle Hume, Enniskillen – 1830s, D, (Ely Lodge, of Castle’s stone) N, TIA, LBNIGICH
Curragh, Lisnaskea – tbc, 2-storey 3-bay c1700 + 2-storey 5-bay wing, GICH
Ely Lodge, Enniskillen (on Castle Hume estate) – 1870, (blown up) D, LBNI, LBNIGICH
Innismore Hall, Derrybrusk – 1950s, photo, LBNILBNI
Magheramena Castle (Magheramenagh Castle, Magherameenagh Castle), Belleek – 1950s (unroofed), (1921) A, P, S, LBNI, TIAAS, PGUK, Lodge BaRGICH
Monea Castle, Monea – 1750, B, S, (Castletown House/Castletown Manor 1870) N, image, website, WIKIGICH
Necarne Castle (Castle Irvine), Irvinestown – post-WWII, A, Iw, S, for sale c£4m 228a since 2013 (Saving Necarne), LBNITIA, IHMRDNI, DINIGICH
Nixon Hall, Bellanaleck – D, PGUK, book
Riversdale House, Ballycassidy – 1960 (by Forest Service) D, LBNI
Ross Ferry House (Rossferry House) – tbc, GICH
Rosslea Manor (Roslea Manor, Spring Grove), Rosslea – 1885 / 1914, B, P, LBNI, LBNI, AS, GICH
– further county reading: GENI, FGPEVSUAHSNIHGCAlston (bio, obit)

County Londonderry (Derry) – 9 houses
Ballyscullion House (Bishop’s Folly), Bellaghy – 1813 or 1825, Su, D, partially built 1787-1803, imagewebsite, LBNIWIKIGICH
Boom Hall (Boomhall), Londonderry – early 1970s, B, S, plans, council owned, DINI, LBNI, IHM, LFBI, GICH
Caw House, Londonderry City – post-1975, (Bridgewater) Du, painting, LFBI
Coleraine: The  Manor House (Jackson Hall), Coleraine – 1982, (site of car-park at rear of County Hall) D, LBNIGICH
Downhill Castle (Downhill House), Coleraine – 1949, S, DINILBNIEBTWIKI, book, GICH
Garvagh House, Garvagh – early 1960s, (school b1965, stable block survives) Du, photo, Baron Garvagh, website (walled garden), LBNI, PGUK, WIKIGICH
Low Rock Castle, Portstewart – 2001, (without permission) Du, LBNI, WIKIGICH
Somerset House, Coleraine – early 1980s, Du, LBNIGICH
Walworth House, Ballykelly – image, LBNI, P&G
– further county reading: GENIPEVS, UAHSNIHGCAlston (bio, obit)

County Tyrone – 16 houses
Aughentaine Castle, Fivemiletown – 1955, D, (1958 by Colonel Hamilton-Stubber) N, b1860 for Thomas Richardson Browne, LBNI, GICH
Ballygawley House (Ballygawley Park), Ballygawley – 1921, (accident) B, S, b1825-33 for Sir Hugh Stewart by John HargraveLBNI, PGUKGICH
Carrickmore House (Carrickmore Hall), Carrickmore – late C20, D, bc1840 2-storey 3-bay for Stewart Bt, rectory c1923-c1970, DINIGICH
Cecil Manor, Augher – (post 1930s) tba, D, image, LBNI, PGUKGICH
Derrabard House, Omagh – tbc, A, Georgian 2-storey, Vesey family, GICH
Drum Manor (Oaklands), Cookstown – 1975 (by Forest Service) P, S, (1964) A, website, DINI, LBNI, AS, LVB
Dunmoyle Lodge (Dunmoyle House, Dunmoyle Castle), Sixmilecross – 1965, D, estate, LBNI
Dunnamanagh Castle (Dunamanagh Castle, Donemana Castle, Earlsgift Castle, Earl’s Gift Castle), Donemana – pre-1813, S, b1629 but not completed, image, LBNI
Ecclesville House, Fintona – c1978, (including gate lodges) D, LBNIGICH
Favor Royal (Favour Royal), Augher – 2011, A, (arson) B, S, DINI, BARNI, for sale 2013, LBNI, LBNILVB, owner, WIKIGICH
Garvey House, Aughnacloy – 1821 (built 1812), Iw, S, LBNIGICH
Northland House (Northland Park, Dungannon House, Dungannon Park), Dungannon – c1933, D, photo, photo, photo, photo, LBNI, DHB, ASPGUKGICH
Pomeroy House, Pomeroy – c1959, (by Forest Service) D, LBNI, LBNIGICH
Roxborough Castle, Moy – 1922, T, D, or dimantled 1920, image, LBNI, LBNI, WIKIGICH
Seskinore House, Fintona – 1952 (by Forest Service) D, LBNIGICH
Stuart Hall, Stewartstown – 1972, T, (1987) N, LBNIGICH
– further county reading: GENIPEVS, UAHSNIHGCAlston (bio, obit)

Restored ruins, or at least re-roofed, since mid-C20 (all counties) – 3 houses
Ballyedmond Castle, Killowen, County Down – from c1987 for Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond, fire 1972, T, LBNIGICH
Eglantine House, Hillsborough, County Down – 2012, fire 1990, LBNI
Rademon House, Crossgar, County Down – 1950s redesigned by Claud Phillimore, fire 1950s, LBNI, GICH

Excluded because ruined before 1700 (all counties) – 2 houses
Castle Caulfield, Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone – abandoned by 1700, WIKIGICH
Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, County Antrim – from 1690, A, Iw, (Ballymagarry House above, then Glenarm Castle) Su, seat of Marquess of Antrim until mid-C17, website, website, WIKIGICH

Page Last Updated: 22 July 2021 – add Edenmore House