Johnstown Castle is situated in Ireland – outside of the United Kingdom – in the county of Wexford at the south east corner of Eire, but to my mind is British as I needed an interesting “J”!
|Johnstown Castle, Wexford|
The Wexford website describes the castle thus:
The harmony between great Victorian revival castles and their surrounding ornamental grounds is rarely seen to such perfection as at Johnstown Castle.
The mature woodlands and lakes of this demesne provide the perfect setting for this turreted, battlemented and machicolated castle of gleaming silver-grey ashlar, built for the Grogan Morgan family between 1810 and 1855and incorporating part of a more ancient castle.
The property was presented as a gift to the Irish Nation in 1945 and was later occupied by the Department of Agriculture, who established an agricultural institute here and undertook to maintain but not alter the ornamental gardens.
The beautiful grounds with magnificent trees would be a delight to walk round, accompanied by the peacocks and peahens; while the main emphasis on the Estate now is the Agricultural Museum.
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Tractors - models
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These collections provide a wonderful historical record – including the history of the earlier Norman estate; then to whet your appetite for a visit (it certainly has done mine) –
the other 17 exhibitions:
Ø The Curator’s Choice;
Ø Harry Ferguson Tractor Display;
Ø The Garden Room;
Ø Power Driven Barn Machines;
Ø Sugar Beet Room;
Ø Bicycle Display;
Ø The Great Famine;
Ø Village Crafts Exhibition;
Ø Equestrian Room;
Ø Picture Gallery;
Ø The Dairy;
Ø Poultry Keeping;
Ø Managing the Land;
Ø Country Furniture;
Ø The James O’Keefe Furniture Room. and finally
Ø the Country Kitchens.
Personally I think this would be a fascinating museum to visit – especially if I could wander in their estate grounds on a beautiful summer’s day just taking in the breath-taking beauty that features in Wexford’s website – trees, flowering shrubs, flower borders et al ...
Johnstown Castle that is what J is for ... now a record of Irish rural history in a museum set within an agricultural estate ... part of the ABC series Aspects of British Castles
Bob Scotney featured Inverness Castle as his I Castle yesterday
Photos from County Wexford website and
from the Irish Agricultural Museum's website
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