Duckett's Grove



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Ducketts Grove, Co. Carlow, Ireland was originally a Georgian home of noted Anglo Irish family, which was rebuilt in Gothic Revival style. Although burnt in 1933 the remaining towers and turrets, mostly ivy clad, give this enchanting structure a fairy tale air.

Built in 1830 by William Duckett in an estate covering more than 5,000 acres. During the Troubles, Duckett was occupied by soldiers from the Irish Republican Army and many Nationalist leaders sought refuge here. The last male heir died in 1908, but his widow lived in the house until 1912. At its entrance is the most stupendous castellated gateway in southern Ireland. located in Co. Carlow.

It was designed in a Castellated Gothic revival style by Thomas A. Cobden for John Davidson Duckett circa 1825. The building incorporates numerous towers and turrets of varying shapes – round, square and octagonal. One tall octagonal turret rises from the structure. Duckett’s Grove is elaborately ornamented with oriels and niches containing statues. Several statues on pedestals surrounded the building and lined the approaches. The house itself is situated in the townland of Rainstown, between Carlow and Tullow but the estate comprised several large townlands and parts of others. Following the departure of the Duckett's the estate was managed by an agent until 1921 then by local farmers and later by the Land Commission. The division of the lands was completed by 1930. Duckett’s Grove was destroyed by fire in April 1933 but the cause of the fire has not been determined.
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Hi Edlee, The photos were quite large, around 1.5GB. They were taken with a 10.1 mp camera. The synth itself (along with all my others) is done on a Sony Vaio laptop, running Windows 7 RC 64-bit with 4 GB RAM and a 2.20Ghz Core Duo.
dariusmonsef Over 1 year ago
This is really great. Awesome coverage and the highlights make it easy to explore.
The.Rev Over 1 year ago
Thank you! My goal was to see was I able to get both the outside of the ruins and the inside gardens in one Synth. I wanted to include a path through the forest that leads back into the garden but unfortunately it wasn't going to be easy to get overlapping photo's with distinct features.
douglas Over 1 year ago
Love the highlights, this is a really fun synth
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
I love the texture of the old bricks and mortar and the walled gardens are a beautiful touch. Thanks so much for sharing.
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The.Rev Over 1 year ago
Thanks everyone!!! I must say its a pleasure to share this place with you all. I love this old building. One thing I wanted to do was also snyth the inside behind the main gates, but the local council have sealed the building up lately as they fear it may collaspe :( The inside is amazing, full of old fireplaces, stairwells and dungeons below ground!!!
K Over 1 year ago
This is incredible, especially with all the highlights. Maybe if you show them this synth they'll let you inside to photograph the rest. Well done!
The.Rev Over 1 year ago
I would.....but I've been inside the ruins before it was sealed off. There are many floors missing, even at a ground level. They have collasped into the basement, so it would be difficult!

Thanks for the comments!!!
aj0020020 Over 1 year ago
This is the best one I've seen yet!
Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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