Pictured here is the ruins of Blackcastle House on Flower Hill, Navan, Co Meath. The ruined building occupies a commanding site overlooking the river Boyne, and the mansion makes an interesting focal point on the ramparts walk in the town.
Constructed in 1827, the house was the home to the Fitzherbert family. The family were active in the community here, with records showing Mrs Fitzherbert ran a charitable loan society to local people in 1837. No doubt this helped support the then thriving mill industry in the immediate area. Records from then show that in 1837, there were five corn mills, two paper mills, two distilleries, a tannery, a flax mill, flour mills and Irelands largest sack factory all in the surrounding lands.
The house would have been an impressive sight in its day, a detached two story six bay mansion, it featured a small Greek doric portico. This has now partially collapsed, but part can be seen in this picture (the white structure to the left). It featured double pitched roofs with stone entablature eaves and a stone date plinth over the main entrance.
In more recent times, a farm shop was part of the estate, and many locals in Navan have memories of buying fruit and cheeses here. The estate also included a farm and stables where treasure hunts took place. These structures are still standing too, although are in a similar state of disrepair as the house itself.
The house became abandoned in the early 1980's (I cannot find the exact date), and some say that the owner simply locked the door and walked away, leaving the house behind fully furnished. In 1987 a fire destroyed the once impressive home once and for all leaving only the ruin we see here.
Unlike many of these kinds of place in Ireland, this one is open and you can walk inside. Although it is not wise, as the wooden floors are rotten through and collapsed into the basement below in many places. I had to take a peep inside though, and have posted in the workshop two shots of the inside of the house as well.
Today it is no more than an impressive ruin but it is easy to imagine how impressive this would have been when it was built almost 200 years ago.
Thanks for looking!
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Kamilutka (6655) 2014-02-02 9:01
what a shame the house is in ruin now - it looks like it used to be a splendid building. The road included in the picture leads an eye towards the second plan in natural way and fill up the foreground. Great colors and very nicely handled light.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening
pajaran (45522) 2014-02-02 9:02
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj kuci, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i rusevina, lepe boje.
Ostala je stara kuca i secanje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the old house, with a history and description of the ...
Good footage and contrast nicely shown the place and ruins, beautiful colors.
The other is an old house and memories.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
jemaflor (77476) 2014-02-02 9:21
Well framed, good depth with the view of the road in the Fg, perfect to present these ruines, colors ad sharpness are perfect.
Romano46 (15614) 2014-02-02 9:42
un castello un po' diverso dai soliti, sempre austeri.
Questo ha l'aspetto di una casa colonica e la ripresa in una giornata dalla luce particolarmente brillante ha permesso di fare una fotografia di grande efficacia.
Ottimi i colori e superba la composizione che tende a farli risaltare.
Un lavoro eccellente.
Ciao e buona serata
dta (60201) 2014-02-02 10:01
Hello noel ,
Hard to believe that it was a beautiful mansion untils the 1980's ! In a few years it will be entirely covered by the greenery .
Excellent angle of view and framing . Superb contrast with the blue-grey sky .
cornejo (25499) 2014-02-02 10:35
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting abandoned mansion with an interesting history, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
carlo62 (23702) 2014-02-02 10:50
a parte delle piccole differenze architettoniche, è uno scatto che poteva sembrare anche in Toscana.
Una costruzione molto interessante, ben ripresa, ma lasciata al proprio destino.
So che ami questo tipo di foto e che ti piace condividere queste situazioni, hai ottenuto ciò che volevi, una bella immagine e un interessante messaggio.
willperrett (5134) 2014-02-02 10:55
Why is it that ruins always attract the photographer? Or maybe that's not always true, as no-one ever takes my picture! This is a somewhat sad but very effective photograph. I wonder if the Fitzherberts were Anglo-Irish, and whether that's got anything to do with the ruinous nature of the place? There must be many more photographs to be made at this location I guess.
bbarna (568) 2014-02-02 10:58
Congratulations for another nicely composed picture with ruins. It is a shame that a mansion like this had to be abandoned, but it is a credit to those who built it nearly 200 years ago that it is still standing after a fire. I can see from WS photos, that even the inside walls were made with stones.
There seems to be an error on the information panel about the date when the pictures were taken.
All the bests,
npecanhuk (59020) 2014-02-02 12:05
Interesting ruins and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Royaldevon (24324) 2014-02-02 12:42
It breaks my heart to see beautiful houses in this state of disrepair. Have you watched the programmes called 'Restoration', where people buy and breathe new life into decaying buildings? This looks like a prime candidate.
You have made good use of the track (which is anything but a well maintained driveway) to lead us to the portico and, then, to explore the large house.
The light looks good and the colours nicely saturated.
That's great after all the bad weather we have had. Here, today is the first day, for many, that we have seen the sunshine. Unfortunately we were otherwise engaged so photography has had to be put on hold for another time.
My kind regards,
jjcordier (70549) 2014-02-02 23:05
Une très jolie lumière éclaire les ruines de cette bâtisse qui devait certainement avoir belle allure du temps de sa splendeur.
Subhogen (4037) 2014-02-02 23:06
Nice view of the house in ruins. I like the way the trees and creepers slowly but surely taking over what was originally theirs. Recycling by nature at its best. Your composition is perfect with the space you have allowed for the ground in front and the path curving away from the building. Nice photo with good light, colours and excellent clarity. Thanks for sharing with an informative note as always.
timecapturer (41826) 2014-02-03 2:38
love this. A place I would find irresistible as a photo shoot. Your POV is enticing and gives the place a haunting appeal about it. The moody sky adds to the impact and brings natures intrusions to life too. Wonderful!
Have a good week - B.
snunney (76402) 2014-02-03 4:34
You have chosen an excellence point of view to photograph this once impressive mansion. The architectural lines are shown to good effect and the gravel path makes a good lead line toward the portico. Light, colours and sharpness are all very good.
berek (32312) 2014-02-03 9:06
interesting old building demolished. a beautiful natural environment. Thanks for the note.
I wish a good week.
Fis2 (79798) 2014-02-03 9:27
Walls beautifully overgrown with greenery.
Good frame and composition.
I like this place.
Have a nice evening
fabbs99 (14461) 2014-02-03 23:15
Excellent shot of the Blackcastle House.Truly very sharp and crisp.Very well captured with good lighting.Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
macjake (49318) 2014-02-03 23:51
so this is the home you were talking about earlier?
a great find!
love the WS photos too.
amazing how the building can get so 'ruined' in just 35 years of being in the outdoor elements. Its not like it was outside in the elements for 300 years!
Mother Nature really has taken over.
hard to believe the owner would just walk away from such a beauty...i wonder why???
great post, great subject!
photoray (8440) 2014-02-04 15:37
Unsettling vision with the path leading to the impressive Georgian(?) style architecture, massive block rectangular, with encroaching plants reclaiming their turf, in ongoing decay.
Reminds me of the Edgar Allan Poe novel - "The Fall of the House of Usher". And certainly not a place I would visit after dark...
Thanks for sharing another piece of Eire history.
abmdsudi (36320) 2014-02-05 6:46
This abandoned and overgrown mansion is quite a find, I just feel this image is screaming out for attention!! and a good study in dereliction, works well including some f/g interest. The tones in this are lovely, I like the rich tapestry of eye popping greens against the old stonework and it definitely makes us wonder what this place was like in it's hey-day, and what went on. Seems strange to wonder that and now see it overgrown and derelict, like it's past life has been totally forgotten renders a feeling of quietness that seems to suite the subject very well.
I love some deepening of the darkest tones pulling the viewer into the great dof and emphasize the sense of mystery. Dark shadows on the wall openings help to create an illusion of total abandonment, as if the green is smothering the structure like some tropical vine. Strangely, the freshly painted white portico seems to be out of place to me, but somehow it grabs attention too. It's very nice idea and well worthwhile shot so well exposed and superb bit of processing.
Excellent in-depth illustrations in WS photos.
Love the way the old building becomes part of nature...........
ourania (22744) 2014-02-05 11:04
studying your picture with your note in mind is such a fascinating experience. I like very much the point of view you chose for your presentation, your composition is thorough and elegant. The ruined house is well placed on its grounds and the uphill path leads us into the picture. The warm light vivifies the scenery and brings out its details, it subdues a little the feeling of desolation too. It's amazing how the vegetation is claiming the hull of the house now, it's not been that long since it was abandoned and burnt down. The light and the colours are agreeable and make the wish to go closer irresistible. I appreciate very much the workshop photos as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Sonata11 (32261) 2014-02-05 20:26
beautiful composition and execution. Perfectly well done. Colors, sharpness, clarity are perfect. Love it. Tfs.
Miguel82 (17317) 2014-02-06 9:09
Your photo comment is exhaustive and gives to the viewers many details about that ruins, it was before a mansion, this is an interesting point of interest to discover in the countryside by day hours because it should be haunted!, vivid hues, neat picture, greetings
omid266 (2091) 2014-02-07 7:19
** Salam dear Noel ,
Thank you for sharing this monument with us ,
For me it is wonderful that Ireland has such many
historic Heritages and monuments ,
and this is that belongs to Fitzherbert family at first
And it is shame for not support such these buildings
in Ireland and other countries ,
I hope some organizations like UNESCO help for protect
from this old castle and others in your country ,
Nice work , nice captured , nice panorama , Nice POV,
All the Best ,
Best wishes from I.R.Iran,
chawax (17600) 2014-02-10 13:16
Not a spectacular place, but a very good shot. The path in the foreground adds depth and guides our look to the house. The light is very beautiful and makes excellent contrasts. Interesting note too. There are many beautiful such houses not far from Dublin (I could see Russborough, Powerscourt or Castletown for example), it's a shame this one is a ruin now.
adores (32694) 2014-03-02 3:25
It's a good place for a few shots, but it's really sad to look at the ruin it became. I like the pov, light and colours. The ivy add a lot to the place and I can see it's interesting inside also. I wouldn't miss it if I were there:)!