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1829 – Drum Manor, Kildress, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Architect: William Hastings


Rebuilt in 1829 by Major Richardson Brady in a heavily symmetrical and very flat “Regency Baronial” style. Later extended and romanticised by William Hastings who added a four storey tower, a new north front, and a gothic porch. He was also responsible for remodeling the interior around a great hall. This is all, alas, nothing but a shell. In an attempt to avoid incurring rates liability, the Forest Service demolished the mansion in 1975 and a ‘Japanese’ garden was created within the ruins.

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