Lissadell House and Gardens, Sligo, Ireland
THE RESTORATION OF LISSADELL
after 70 years of neglect
A PICTORIAL RECORD
2003 - 2008
The avenues at Lissadell in 2003
Potholed avenues with verges used as a local dump (above);
Rubbish dumped in the coal bunker by the Forge Avenue (below)
Before and After
Restoration work uncovered and restored the 19th century path on the Forge Avenue by the Kitchen Garden (above)
Restoration work also uncovered the 19th century cobbled drains on the main avenue.
Alpine Garden in 2003, before restoration
The Alpine Garden by 2003, after 70 years of neglect. This 18th century walled garden is in the upper centre of the picture, to the left of the two arch bridge (which is the entrance to Lissadell) and was completely overgrown before work began. Coillte owns the land to the right of the bridge, and the sea shore in the lower half of the picture borders the car park on Coillte land which facilitates visitors to the sea shore.
Inside the Alpine Garden in December 2003. Again, rubbish has been casually dumped.
The Alpine Garden in 2006 (above), after restoration work had begun. The Coillte car park facilitating visitors to the sea shore is in the upper left hand corner of the photograph.
The Alpine Garden with the daisy walk and echium plants in 2008 (below)
BEFORE AND AFTER
The 18th century ponds in Alpine Garden uncovered in 2004, when first cleared for restoration (above left) and the 18th century ponds in 2008 (above right)
The Alpine Gardens after restoration work (above)
The Coach House and Riding Arena
(below left) in 2004 when the front and right hand wing had been roofed (below right) in 2008 when visitors were received for 364 days of the year.
The Riding Arena in 2003 (above)
The quadrangle and Riding Arena in 2003
and after restoration work (below)
The head gardener's house in 2003
and after restoration
Kitchen Garden in 2003
The walled Kitchen Garden in 2004 when first cleared for restoration, and in 2008 with the Mayor of Sligo and school children celebrating the heritage potato collection
WALL PAPER: OLD AND NEW
Specimens of wall paper, old and new, in the Drawing Room at Lissadell (top). A piece of the old Drawing Room paper is on the right of the table, and has been reproduced and re-hung. The Drawing Room before restoration is pictured above. The drapes came from Classiebawn where Gabrielle Gore Booth, and later her sister Aideen, were land agents.
Dining Room during and after restoration work
Basement Corridor before and after restoration
Porte Cochere before and after restoration
Billiard room before and after restoration
The Gassoliers before (Ante Room) and after (Gallery) restoration
Basement stove, made in Sligo, after restoration
The Forge during and after restoration
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