This is the ruins of Louth Hall, a great castle and mansion situated in the town of Tallanstown in County Louth.
The original part of this site is the gothic castle which was built in the 14th century, from this shot, its visible on the right, partially obscured by the trees.
In the 18th and 19th century, the castle was extended by the addition of the Georgian mansion. Even though Georgian design is common in Irelands cities, it is quite unusual to see it in a rural setting like this, combined with the older castle.
The estate was vast with around 1100 acres of land surrounding the sumptuous home. Most of the houses history is written around the Plunkett family, whose most famous member, Saint Oliver Plunkett hid from the British here in the 18th century. (on an unrelated note, the head of Saint Oliver Plunkett is on display in the catholic church in nearby Drogheda).
The work on building the original castle lasted 5 years, which at this time saw the planting of a demesne wood. This wood was laid out in such a design that one could walk around for a whole day without walking over the same patch twice or without being exposed to sun or rain. The garden and woods near the castle were laid out in the form of the Plunkett Family Crest. And it was at that time the townland of Tallanstown changed its name to Louth Hall.
The house in its current form survived through the reigns of many British monarchs, including Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabth I. While the plunkett family maintained favour with the English monarchy, they did not always escape attention.
In 1579 the 4th Lord Thomas Louth was called to the Queens Court to answer why he should have on his castle 365 windows which was in fact the same number as was on the castle of her Royal Highness. He escaped punishement, as he did not design the castle, but he was ordered to block up some of the windows in the estate.
It is hard to imagine it now, but a local who allowed me permission to enter these private lands told me that this house was occupied and in good order until the late 1960's, at which time it was abandoned to the elements. It became a popular place for local kids to gather, and a celebratory party in the 1980's led to a fire breaking out in the home. The local fire services were unable to get the trucks to the house, and sadly had no choice but to let the beautiful house and castle burn.
Today it stands rotting on private farmland, surrounded by cows. It is completely gutted on the inside, and is not much more than a stone shell.
It does still command an impressive view over the local town though, and makes a beautiful addition to the town, as it is very visible from the road when entering the area from the south.
Thanks for looking.
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Romano46 (18472) 2013-02-05 12:59
più vedo le tue foto e più mi piace l'Irlanda.
Incontrare belle visioni come questa invogliano a prendere un vole e raggiungere la tua terra dove l'erba non manca mai, i castelli, sia pure diroccato sono innumerevoli per non parlare delle coste selvagge battute dal mare tempestoso tra colori ed atmosfere ricche di grande fascino.
In questa foto sono messe molto bene in contrapposizione le tre fasce di colore che la contraddistinguono: il verde del parato che le mucche brucano golose, il grigio della pietra ed il cielo anch'esso grigio ma di un gridio meno intenso.
Una bella composizione nella quale si apprezza la bellezza della tua terra.
Molto belle ed esaurienti, come tuo solito, le note ricchissime di dettagli.
Ciao e buona serata
EstelleJ (921) 2013-02-05 13:33
Very picturesque setting for the ruins of this castle! I think the cows add life to this haunted-looking place with the steel grey sky as a backdrop. Quite an atmospheric shot!
saxo042 (37966) 2013-02-05 13:50
The grey clouds above this old and ruined castle create an eerie feeling. The green grass and the cows contradict the feeling of a haunted place. A very interesting scene and note and a well composed capture.
fritzi007 (11904) 2013-02-05 13:53
wirklich schönes Foto mit irischen Wetter. Dein Kommentar ist sehr informativ,
carlo62 (53394) 2013-02-05 14:37
un'immagine caratteristica del luogo, nella mia fantasia, l'Irlanda è così, antichi castelli, mucche al pascolo e prati verdi.
Sonata11 (33971) 2013-02-05 20:38
another beautiful composition of ruin castle and daily life scene, you captured wonderfully. The colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are fantastic. Fabulous quality, perfect executed image. Tfs and I like it.
All the best,
pajaran (64494) 2013-02-05 23:21
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o rusevini sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Lepo mesto sa kravama i rusevinom.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article on the ruins of the given data and history ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, nice revealed.
Nice place with cows and ruin.
Have a nice day, all the best.
jhm (158016) 2013-02-06 1:04
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
What a lovely image with the ruins of Louth Hall, a pity that this nice castle is a ruin.
The cows are a nice addition in foreground
Nice perspective and depth image.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2013-02-06 1:05
Always the ruins of a castle are fascinating because they hide a mystery. In combination with the dark sky all the scenery has an atmospheric mood. Also cows adds some nice scale.
Have a nice day,
kim_gwan (418) 2013-02-06 7:50
Good Day NOel,
Each ruin has its own uniqueness.
But you did something extraordinary. Your shot which includes the cows of different color add liveliness to it.
Proportion of cloudy sky, ruin and grass blended in absolutely well.
Great POV and DOF.
danos (101892) 2013-02-06 9:17
nice the view as the presentation of the ruins of Louth Hall,with the cows to grazed carefree in the large grass.I like the informative note about the castle-mansion with the mauve sky to creates a melancholic scenery to all of it.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
Schnappilic (9692) 2013-02-06 13:04
Good presentation of this castle together with interesting note. Lovely peaceful atmosphere!
photoray (13981) 2013-02-06 15:36
Yes indeed, unusual pastorale setting including cattle, for such a dramatic large Georgian mansion, certainly intended for large numbers of occupants?
You showcase Louth Hall admirably in low lighting and fine resolution.
Here in California we protect many houses and buildings with a Historically Registered system, which I learned directly about when trying to build a freeway in South Pasadena. The citizens quickly requested and obtained approval to register houses from the 1920s and 30s in our design path. I do not know how many structures are registered, but it must be in the thousands throughout California. I support the Historical Register laws, and there is a way to build roads if approval is received to move the building to a protected location.
In Louth Hall's case we would have to carefully remove each stone and reconstruct it.
siolaw (38292) 2013-02-07 9:18
An interesting story and a fine picture of the ruined mansion too! The weather adds to the mood of the scene and the grazing cows give a pleasant rural atmosphere.
pierrefonds (69873) 2013-02-12 6:49
The distance between the field and the ruins is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the dsetails and colors of the ruins of the Louth Hall. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
adores (46307) 2013-02-17 7:56
You have lots of interesting places there! Did you take photos inside? It must be a fantastic place to visit!
Good pov here! The dark sky adds to the atmosphere of the place and the fence with the cows make it very different from what it used to be, I believe:)! Well captured!
Miguel82 (27658) 2013-10-15 10:41
Hello Noel, some cows grazing nearby that mansion, they don't have fear of ghosts, a superb observation from the countryside, high resolution, nice colors and light
Have a nice evening