A Pocket Castle

The former gate lodge to Flesk Castle, County Kerry, both now in ruinous condition. Of two storeys over basement, the brick-and rubble rendered lodge takes the form of an octagonal tower with castellated roofline and Tudoresque hood mouldings over the door and windows, the former having quatrefoil-decorated spandrels. It would appear there was only one room per floor, and with no signs of an internal staircase, J.A.K Dean (in his gazeteer of Munster gate lodges) suggests access between different levels must have been via an external staircase. Flesk Castle was designed by and built for owner John Coltsman in the second decade of the 19th century, so presumably he was also responsible for this building.

3 comments on “A Pocket Castle

  1. it looks very desirable.

  2. I must go exploring next time I’m going to Killarney – I’m already interested in looking more closely at Glenflesk having recently read The Good people by Hannah Kent , set in that valley – then so remote, anbd in 1826 if i remember rightly when presumably this castle would alredy have been built.

  3. Bryan Rogers says:

    Surely a ladder could have been used. They were used extensively in vernacular style houses.

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