The Gate Lodges Of Leinster
The gate lodges of Leinster
By J.A.K. Dean
Since The gate lodges of Ulster: a gazetteer was published in 1994, its author, J.A.K. (Dixie) Dean, has been striving towards a complete inventory of this building type in Ireland. His aim was to identify and record existing and lost lodges for posterity in a further three volumes.
Losses have been huge: it has been calculated that, of the 10,000 or more built over a 200-year period since the mid-eighteenth century, half have been demolished, and many of those surviving are derelict or ruinous.
The additional seventeen years of research into the other three provinces of Connacht, Leinster and Munster have revealed the gate lodge’s extraordinary significance as a building type, particularly in Ireland but also in a British, European and world context. Lodges are present here in such quality and in such great quantity as to represent a massive as-yet-unrecognised contribution to our architectural heritage.
Despite displaying detailed architectural sophistication to rival the ‘big house’ to which it is a prelude, the gatekeeper’s lodge has received scant coverage in print compared to the annual appearance of tomes in praise of houses of the aristocracy and gentry in Ireland. Hence this work is also an attempt to right that imbalance and to celebrate a domestic building of modest proportions.
The field surveys and research being complete, Wordwell is now pleased to publish the first volume in this new series, Leinster, which follows the style of the Ulster volume. There are descriptions of 3,136 gate lodges in the twelve counties and more than 1,500 of them are illustrated. Volumes on Munster and Connacht will follow in 2017.
Entries are numbered and listed county by county for ease of reference, with Dublin divided into north and south relative to the River Liffey. Each entry heading gives the NAME of the property with its LOCATION. This heading (or subheading, where there is more than one lodge) is followed by the DATE of the building’s construction, its ARCHITECT and, should there be little or nothing evident on site, its CONDITION. Proposals that remain unexecuted are also indicated. An ILLUSTRATION generally precedes the DESCRIPTION, and REFERENCES complete the entry.
The gazetteer is preceded by an extensive essay on the history of the gate lodge in Leinster, and the book is fully indexed.
J.A.K. (Dixie) Dean, B.Sc., R.I.B.A., is an architect based in County Antrim and is author of The gate lodges of Ulster: a gazetteer (1994).
ISBN 978-0-9933518-3-9 PB
210mm x 297mm portrait
€40 pb, + €100 hb limited edition signed and numbered x 100
To be published 1 October 2016