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Abandoned Mansions of Ireland II

Abandoned Mansions of Ireland II

Tarquin Blake

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More beautiful, haunting images of crumbling ruins accompany the history of the houses.

The heyday of the Irish country house began in the early 1700s, when most farmland in Ireland was owned by just 5,000 Anglo-Irish Protestant landowners. The land was worked by tenant farmers, whose rents financed the landowners' mansion houses. The Great Famine signalled a change of fortune. Starving, penniless tenants could not pay rent and landowners finances declined.

Later, the Land Acts saw farmland placed in the ownership of farmers. With rental income removed, many landlords locked up and left. Others frittered away family fortunes. During the War of Independence and Civil War, many country houses were burned. For the remainder increasing expenses made them unviable. Hundreds fell into hopeless dereliction. Policy and public opinion was the country house was a symbol of English colonialism, entitled to no protection and preferably removed from the Irish landscape.

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Author Tarquin Blake
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 3 Apr 2012
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848891555

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