Geoff. McElwaine

Geoff. McElwaine

Posted on 08/12/2013


Photo taken on March 25, 2012



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Castle Ward.

Castle Ward.
Castle Ward is an 18th-century National Trust property, overlooking Strangford Lough. The Castle's most interesting aspect is its dual architecture, reflecting the differing tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh. While the entrance side of the building [ seen in my picture ] is done in a classical Palladian style with columns supporting a triangular pediment, the opposite side is Georgian Gothic with pointed windows, battlements and finials. These differences in style continue throughout the house's interior, the divide down its centre.

Castle Ward has been the home of the Ward family since ca. 1570. Originally known as Carrick na Sheannagh and owned by the Earls of Kildare, it was bought by Bernard Ward, father of Sir Robert Ward, Surveyor-General of Ireland. The 850 acre walled demesne also dates from the 16th. Century. The Ward family built a succession of homes in their estate ; Old Castle Ward, built around 1590 near to Strangford Lough, still survives, but a mansion built around 1720 by Judge Michael Ward was demolished around 1850. The architect of the current building, built in the early 1760s, is unknown, although he may have come from the Bristol area, with which the Ward family had close ties.

The estate was acquired by the National Trust in 1952.

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╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
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beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
o0o National Trust have certainly had this for a long time, 1952
my goodness ... but always interesting to visit and I like the
framing and angle Geoff, well taken oOo
4 years ago.
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