Testament to the Fall

The ruins of Duckett’s Grove, County Carlow featured here some years ago (see Duckett’s Grove « The Irish Aesthete). Now lurking beneath a web of telegraph wires, here is one of the former entrances to the estate which, like the house is today a mere shadow of its former self. Dating from 1853-55, the architect responsible was John McDuff Derick, seemingly a friend of Augustus Welby Pugin and other members of the Gothic Revival movement. For his client, John Dawson Duckett, he produced this quite fantastical structure in local granite, replete with castellations, towers, turrets, bartizans and buttresses, together with a wealth of narrow arched windows. Some 240 feet long, the building is composed of two parts, that on the left (now a public road) intended to provide access to the tenants, that on the right being reserved for members of the Duckett family. The latter’s coats of arms, originally coloured and gilded, are elaborately carved over two of the entrances: one proclaims Spectemur Agendo (Let us be judged by our actions), the other Je Veux le Droit (I will have my Right). At one time, efforts were made to run the family entrance as a pub, but this venture failed and the entire structure now sits in decay, testament to the decline and fall of a landed family.

4 comments on “Testament to the Fall

  1. What a great place for a pub.

  2. One notices no shortage of spray paint in the Republic.

    • Richard Ove says:

      Well, yes, but hardly unique to the Republic. First time I was in Rome about 15 years back was taken back by the quantity of graffiti around the city.

  3. Aidan. says:

    The pub used to be called the towers apparantly. the floor slab for the pub was still there when i visited some years ago. a local lady was telling me all about it.

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