The purpose of this project is to compile a list of the ‘lost’ (i.e. demolished or roofless shell/ruined) country houses of Ireland and Northern Ireland, in county/house name order. It accompanies the lists for England, Scotland and Wales, to appreciate their design and craftspersonship at the height of their grandeur. The ‘reasons for loss’ letter legend, and sources, are below. If you wish to suggest additions to the lists, or links to pre-loss photos, or assist with these projects, please contact Andrew.
Phase 1 – compile a list of houses that are, or could possibly be, classed as Lost.
Phase 2 – search internet and literary sources and add links for each house, deleting those houses not Lost per our definition.
Phase 3 – Add a thumbnail image for each house and expand its entry with building dates/architects and ownership details.
‘Lost’ refers to a demolished country house (possibly with some minor ruins or remains) or where the main part is a roofless shell.
The brackets after the house name contain alternative/former house names or spellings.
The year is the date of fire or demolition, followed by the ‘reason for loss’ characters.
tba – date of demolition is unknown and is ‘to be advised’
tbc – whether the house is lost or not is ‘to be confirmed’
Reason for loss codes (per Lost Heritage):
B = house destroyed by fire; where B is followed by a D, that denotes when the house was finally demolished
T = house burnt during ‘the Troubles’ (covering 1919-21, 1922-3 & 1968–98)
N = house demolished and replaced by a new house
P = a significant part of the house has been demolished
Pr = where the house was partially rebuilt or restored
S = it is a shell or ruins
A = abandoned
Su = surplus to requirements (ie. family had other houses or was no longer required by owners (the government etc))
D = date of final demolition – usually following partial demolition or fire
Du = urban development (replaced by housing estate, hospital, school)
Di = industrial development (replaced or blighted by industrial works, coal mining)
De = derelict (ie. had fallen into such a state of disrepair that there was either not the will or financial means to repair it)
Dw = wartime damage (either enemy action or through requisition) too severe to be economically repaired
Iw = insufficient wealth to maintain house – sometimes linked to conversion of stables to replace main house