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The entrance gate to Duckett’s Grove was designed by John MacDuff Derick (1810-1859). It was built between 1853-1855 and is one of the most elaborate castellated gateways in Ireland. It comprises many battlemented towers and has two great archways leading to two distinct drives. The principal archway features a portcullis. Over this latter is found a very large armorial bearing. It was said to have been originally coloured. The gateway is a landmark in its own right even to this day.


Three windows occur on the ground level, two in the central section and three narrower features on the third storey. Moulding and other detail can be seen over those windows on the ground floor.

Documenting our Heritage

The large amorial bearing over the principle archway.

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Duckett’s Grove,

Carlow

Gate House.

We access the interior of the gatehouse - this appears to have been occupied in more modern times, however it is now in very poor condition with the floor heavily rotted and collapsing in many places.


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The second archway

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We find a concealed spiral staircase leading up to the roof!

Happy that we’ve explored all corners and thoroughly documented the structure, the explorers quietly pack up and head off to the days next destination.

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