Pictured here is the Batty Langley Gate Lodge on the grounds of Catletown House, County Kildare.
Castletown itself is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The impressive house is the largest house in Ireland, and one of great historical and architectural importance, not only in Ireland, but also in Europe.
The area around Castletown is dotted with unique structures that are a haven for photographers. These include the Wonderful Barn, the Connolly Folly and two gatehouses. One is the Round House at the Leixlip entrance to the vast estate, and the other is the one we see here, the Batty Langely Gate Lodge on the Dublin road entrance.
The lodge we see today was influenced by the published designs of English architect and gardener Batty Langley (1696-1751), and was completed in 1785. Its gothic facade represents the contemporary desire for gothic styled buildings in garden design. One unique factor of the lodge is that its stylish gothic facade faces Castletown house itself, and not the road, which would have been the accepted way of building.
This allowed it to serve its main function as a gate house, but it is also believed that Louisa Connolly liked to use the lodge as a cottage ornée. Other estates had similar features, as her sister Emilys great manion, Carton house, features the Shell Cottage which was used in the same manner.
The primary use however, was as a home for one of the groundsmen or gardeners of the estate, and it served this purpose until well into the 20th century.
The lodge itself and some of the surrounding grounds were detached from the grounds of Castltown in the 1960's but have recently been purchased by the Office of Public Works and reintegrated into the demesne as part of the ongoing extensive rennovation works of this historical site.
Thanks for looking!
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marabu61 (7213) 2013-02-24 6:08
Seing your superb summer picture from Kildare today, reminds me of our visit to Ireland coming up fast now. We are really looking forward to this and Kildare is on our itinary.
This is a great picture with a good POV, looking up to that structure, that somehow looks more like a church than a gatehouse.
I like your choice of foreground here a lot.
have a good sunday
serp2000 (37473) 2013-02-24 7:07
Wonderful summer composition, excellent vertical format, superb colors. I miss the warm&hot days too. An interesting note. I'd like to visit Ireland some day. TFS! Have great new week!
Schnappilic (9686) 2013-02-24 8:28
I like the way you present this old architecture with an interesting framing. Lovely result!
cargus (8018) 2013-02-24 12:11
Beautiful composition, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered image well.!
carlo62 (26856) 2013-02-24 14:15
bella condivisione, una bella immagine che ci mostra questa originale architettura.
krzychu30 (15260) 2013-02-25 4:29
I really like your play with the perspective and vertical format.The low POV with some of the flowers almost coming out the frame is spectacular-it creates really lovely effect.The architecture itself is beautiful,but it was not an easy task to present this scene in a new,original way-I can only say you did it masterfully!Superb composition and these colors...really marvelous and vivid.
Have a nice day
Romano46 (16578) 2013-02-25 5:48
hai il grande pregio di trovare sempre qualcosa di nuovo da proporre della tua bella e verde Irlanda.
Anche oggi ci proponi una bella costruzione dall'aspetto abbastanza severo, ma ibrido nel suo insieme per la mescolanza di stili, e lo proponi nella maniera giusta immergendolo nel verde della natura ed evidenziandone le sfaccettature architettoniche.
Sempre molto curate le tue note al paro delle immagini, come appare evidente da questa di oggi.
Ciao e buona giornata
mjw364 (6992) 2013-02-25 7:08
Good composition here using the thistles in the foreground to create a sense of scale and depth. Leaving them out of focus draws the eye to the lodge as the main subject.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-02-25 9:31
Great capture and splendid architectural details.Superb colors and POV.Well done!
Have a nice week
Sonata11 (33081) 2013-02-25 12:24
wonderful composition of this interesting architecture that you capture from lower POV wyhich making fantastic effect. I really like it with magnificent colors, sharpness, wonderful clarity of details. I wonder how interior looks like. Maybe you were inside? An excellent executed image. Perfectly well done. TFS. Thank you for visiting and thank you for nice comments
All the best,
pajaran (47810) 2013-02-25 13:28
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj arhitekturi, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na zelenu travi i staru kucu ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa stara kuca.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good text on ancient architecture, with the given data and history ...
A beautiful view of green grass and old house ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Beautiful old house.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
jcpix (11040) 2013-02-25 18:03
Smart composition here, I like how you've perched the lodge on top of the hill...or it appears like that anyway! The depth of field is interesting because that little burst of color in the flowers is blurred, but it's still an effective element and definitely creates that layer between the foreground and main subject. The blue and green color combo is always attractive and the well managed bright sunlight gives warmth over the scene. Nice shot!
resat1972 (7134) 2013-02-25 23:52
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Royaldevon (25896) 2013-02-26 7:38
It is interesting to think about the wealth and power of people who could afford houses like this, employing the inspirational architects of the time.
It is beautiful.
Your low viewpoint gives a 'Sleeping Beautyesque' romance to the building, making it seem to exist in a natural wilderness.
My warm regards,
abmdsudi (38822) 2013-02-26 20:55
Fine work of a beautiful estate with some very nice corners so full of interest, but it is the lodge's stonework carving which captures my imagination and I love them. so well positioned looking out as it is the foreground makes it I like the lonliness of the location. Nice shot, Congrats
ourania (25508) 2013-02-28 12:23
a great composition for the presentation of this unique and fascinating house. I like very much the sense of depth and the upward point of view that attract our eyes towards the house and the most prominent features of its architecture. Despite the beautiful strong and luminous colours you have let it keep its fascination and mystery; the shadows play a big part in this impression. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
delpeoples (52289) 2013-02-28 20:59
Hi dear Noel
This is such an impressive building and you've obtained a great POV which really shows off its best attributes. I like the slightly shallow depth of field where the flowers or thistles in the FG are slightly out of focus, yet the building is pin sharp. The colours are lovely and the vertical frame works really well, also adding to the depth. Nice work, thanks for sharing.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2013-03-06 5:05
I like the way you have captured this one with blurry foreground and sharp background. The vertical format goes well here. You have created nice depth with lovely colors and architecture.
Miguel82 (19372) 2014-02-19 9:07
Another castle in the countryside Noel, many weeds are growing around it, bright hues, neat picture, all the best, have a nice evening