From Here to Beer

Formerly the entrance but now the garden front of Oakley Park in Celbridge, County Kildare. The house is believed to have been built c.1724 for the Rev. Arthur Price*, who was then the local rector (he later rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Archbishop of Cashel). Tall and somewhat austere, Oakley Park’s design is attributed to Thomas Burgh, also responsible for the Old Library at Trinity College, of which it is somewhat reminiscent. In the late 18th century, the house was acquired by Lady Sarah Napier, sister of Lady Louisa Conolly who lived nearby at Castletown, and Emily, Duchess of Leinster who lived at Carton. It appears thereafter to have changed hands regularly and at some date in the 19th century, the entrance was moved to the other side of the building (see below). Since 1953 the house and surrounding grounds have been used by the St John of God religious order who run a training centre here for disabled children and young adults.

*Arthur Price’s land steward in Celbridge was one Richard Guinness. On his death in 1752 he left £100 to Guinness and his son, Arthur – Price’s godson – who a few years later established a certain well-known and still flourishing brewery.

3 comments on “From Here to Beer

  1. Michael Thomas says:

    The garden view was seen from the spare room of the recently sold Celbridge Lodge

  2. Bob F says:

    A block of a house, looked institutional before becoming one! Price’s subsequent home in Cashel is far more graceful.

  3. Gerald McCarthy says:

    Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury is a descendant of Sarah Napier through his mother’s line.
    On the side elevation of Oakley Park house there is a cast hopper-head with the date 1724 on a rainwater down pipe

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