Cornwall in Ulster

The gable end and centre of the façade of Maud Cottages in Cushendun, County Antrim. A terrace of four houses on the village seafront (and with views across to Scotland when the weather is sufficiently clear), they are of two storeys, the lower white-washed, the upper slate-fronted with a lovely bow at the centre of the block. Built to commemorate Maud McNeil following her death in 1925, the cottages were designed, like much else in Cushendun by Clough Williams-Ellis, best-known for creating the picturesque village of Portmeirion in North Wales. He was responsible for a number of buildings in Cushendun, all commissioned Ronald McNeil (future first Lord Cushendun) and beginning in 1912 with another group of housing built around three sides of a square, all intended to evoke fishermen’s cottages in Maud McNeil’s native Cornwall.

4 comments on “Cornwall in Ulster

  1. John McIntyre says:

    Good morning Robert,
    I have just discovered your webpage and am enjoying reading some of your research stories and beautiful photographs. I particularly liked the story of Lord and Lady Ardilaun and the photos of their family and friends at the Ashford estate in the late 1800’s and first part of the 20thCentury. I was wondering if you could tell me if you have ever come across a photograph of the Irish lawyer and MP – Denis Caulfield Heron (1824-1881) who I believe knew members of the Guinness family including Arthur and Olive Guinness.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    John McIntyre.

    • Thank you for getting in touch and my apologies for not replying sooner: your message somehow escaped my attention. I don’t believe that I’ve come across photographs of Denis Caulfield Heron, but it is a long time since I looked at the photographs in question, so my memory is not altogether reliable. My apologies for not being of more help…

  2. […] Clough Williams-Ellis, the village of Cushendun, County Antrim has featured here before (see Cornwall in Ulster « The Irish Aesthete). Since the mid-1950s, much of the place has been in National Trust’s ownership, including […]

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