…To Another Kells

For many centuries Kells, County Meath – like Kells, County Kilkenny – was the location of a substantial religious establishment, but in the aftermath of the Reformation, the Meath town came under the control of the Taylour family, who lived close by at Headfort (and eventually became Marquesses of Headfort). Not surprisingly therefore, the focal point here, a wide thoroughfare has the name of Headfort Place and is lined with a sequence of handsome and substantial houses, evidence of the area’s prosperity in the late 18th/early 19th century. A short terrace of three-bay properties, constructed c.1780 and given identical pedimented limestone doorcases, occupies a stretch of the north side of Headfort Place. These buildings are all in excellent condition, and offer a contrast to what can be seen on the other side of the street. Here a detached house of slightly later date (note its starkly plain limestone doorcase) stands empty and in poor condition.

5 comments on “…To Another Kells

  1. David Heaslip says:

    The Taylours resided in a house in Headfort Place while Headfort house was been built .
    The property across the road is part of a religious/school property I believe and it sold for very little money I was informed

    • Thanks for this. Yes, that house is adjacent to a former school property which is now in very poor condition (I’ll post pictures of it on another occasion); another instance where an important urban site is being allowed to fall into dereliction…

  2. jbc625@msn.com says:

    A chronic inertia seems to obtain.

  3. Cianan Macreamoinn says:

    On the positive side that little terrace of houses is absolutely and a real asset to Kells!

  4. Deborah T. Sena says:

    I noticed the same discrepancy between houses along the streets when visiting Kells. Such a sweet town with the wandering streets and elevation differences throughout the town. A medieval town with a Georgian veneer. As mentioned, property prices in the area seem to vary widely between derelict cheap and well kept respectable.

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