Photographer's Note

This is Beaulieu House, situated on the outskirts of the town of Drogheda, in County Louth.

This house has a long family history, tracing its way back to the building of the house between 1660 and 1666. Built by Sir Henry Tichbourne, the then Marshall of the Army in Ireland, the house has seen 350 years of the same family live within its walls. It is today owned and lived in by Mrs Gabriel De Freitas, a tenth generation descendant of Henry Tichbourne.

Beaulieu House is made from rough stone, which could be from the ruins of Plunkett Castle which stood beside where the house is now, and finished with fine Dutch bricks around the windows and doors. These bricks would have been shipped from Holland to the nearby River Boyne. This is one of the earliest examples in Ireland of an unfortified house.

Also within the grounds are large terraced lawns and a very fine walled garden, believed to have been designed by Dutch artist Van de Hagen. Van Hagen stayed for a time in the house and also painted the picture over the hall fireplace and the intricate drawing room ceiling.

The family church stil stands on the grounds too, and members of the homes descendants are buried here. A stone coffin lid carved in the detailed shape of the skeleton of a child is an unusual find in the cemetery.

The long history of this place is very apparrent when you step inside. The gigantic hallway is filled with portraits of previous owners and family members, all looking down from on high, and as far back as the original occupents. As you progress through the rooms, more portraits turn to black and white photos, then to modern high quality photos, all depicting the residents through time up to today.

As can be expected, all of the rooms are furnished to very high taste and class, and the building really retains a feeling of a specific place in time.

Thanks for looking!

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-05-11
  • Categories: Castles, Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-08 11:07
Viewed: 1972
Points: 28
Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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