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Ballysaggartmore Towers, Co. Waterford, Ireland, December 2019

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1. The History
They are two ornate entrance lodges (one also acts as a bridge) situated on the former Ballysaggartmore Demesne, about 2.5 kilometres from the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. They were constructed for an Anglo-Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher around 1834. His estate of around 8,000 acres was mostly rented to tenant farmers but he retained approximately 1,000 acres as a personal ‘demesne’ (piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use).

The lodges were constructed on the main avenue leading to Ballysaggartmore House - the family's residence. The house itself was large and plain design in contrast to the lodges. An account from 1834 indicates that a main house predated the lodges. Keily-Ussher died circa 1862 and the estate was then sold by a liquidator. The house, gardens and some of the lands were purchased by the Woodroofe family. The house was destroyed by arson attack during the Civil War period and the ruined stone fabric was removed in the mid-20th century. One of the lodges was still in use as a private residence as late as the 1970s. Now both lodges are un-roofed and surrounded by forest with a walking trail linking them together.

2. The Explore
This place was a bit special. It was a really lovely walk to this enchanting place thorugh some really nice woods. As it is part of a walking trail access was no issue. A great way to spend an hour or so of your time.

The Pictures

The first lodge:

49366089421_a50455ba78_b.jpgThe Towers 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49365629033_21c512b92e_b.jpgThe Towers 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49363743818_d49dd80bb6_b.jpgimg5038 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49363745288_111ef15627_b.jpgimg5036bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

The second ‘bridge’ lodge:

49366304587_3c7cf4f4cf_b.jpgThe Towers 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49363733043_e42b5ea137_b.jpgimg5053 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49363734213_7a81440cdb_b.jpgimg5051 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49364406382_e402f5f8f6_b.jpgimg5049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49366087961_e8be4b8619_b.jpgThe Towers 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49365627448_8ff8b7156a_b.jpgThe Towers 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49366301787_90d1cea0f6_b.jpgThe Towers 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 
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