|Barton of Glendalough|
Glendalough House, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow
In 1838 the house was sold to Thomas Johnston Barton (1802-64), and soon afterwards, Daniel Robertson added a new Tudor Gothic east range at right-angles to the original house, and a detached stable block north-west of the earlier buildings. The old house was retained as a family or service wing at the rear of the new building. Robertson's new range had a front which was symmetrical but for an overhanging oriel to the left, gabled dormer windows, and a battlemented two-storey central canted bow. The porte-cochere in front of the canted bow was a later addition.
In c.1882-83, the old house was connected to the originally freestanding stable block of 1838 by a new range built to the designs of McCurdy & Mitchell of Dublin, to accommodate Charles Barton's nieces and nephews, the children of his sister and Prof. R.C. Childers, among whom was the writer and Irish nationalist, Erskine Childers (1870-1922), who thus grew up at Glendalough alongside his cousin and close friend, Robert Childers Barton (1881-1976), who inherited Glendalough in 1890. The house is said to have been 'reconstructed' under the supervision of Vincent Kelly in 1929 but what occasioned this and how extensive it was is not clear.
The two-storey cottage orné lodge at the Oldbridge entrance to the estate by Daniel Robertson is based on a design published by Thomas Frederick Hunt in his pattern book, Exemplars of Tudor architecture (1831), and was presumably built at the same time as Robertson's addition to the house. An earlier single-storey gabled lodge of c.1825 survives at the Annamoe entrance; the lodge at the Drummin entrance which stood on the opposite side of the road to the gates has been demolished.
Barton family of Glendalough
|Robert Childers Barton (1881-1975) |
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Can you help?
- Can anyone supply photographs of the interior of the Daniel Robertson block prior to demolition?
- I should be most grateful if anyone can provide photographs or portraits of people whose names appear in bold above, and who are not already illustrated.
- Any additions or corrections to the account given above will be gratefully received and incorporated. I am always particularly pleased to hear from members of the family who can supply recent personal information for inclusion.