Imperilled


A scrolled pediment over the main entrance to Millbrook, County Laois carries the date 1885, the year this house was built as a residence for the agent of the de Vesci estate. Its architect was William Chambers (no relation of the 18th century architect of the same name), who just four years later would design Britain’s first purpose-built mosque in Woking, Surrey. Broken windows, lost slates and encroaching vegetation all indicate that Millbrook is now in an imperilled condition.

4 comments on “Imperilled

  1. Giles FitzHerbert says:

    The agent at Abbeyleix for whom Millbrook was built in 1885 was my great grandfather, Henry Corry FitzHerbert, whose mother was a Vesey.

  2. Brian Maher says:

    The building is on the Record of Protected Structures in the current Laois County Development Plan and as such can be subject of enforcement and hefty fines. It is a duty of the Planning Authority to investigate and take appropriate action to inform the property owner of their duties ;

    “Under the Planning and Development Act 2000, there are penalties for owners or occupiers of protected structures who endanger the structure or who fail to carry out work that has been ordered by the planning authority. If they are found guilty, they could be liable for fines of up to €12.7 million and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 2 years”.

    • “It is a duty of the Planning Authority to investigate and take appropriate action to inform the property owner of their duties”. Sadly this is a duty rarely exercised by any local authority in Ireland…

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