Loughgall House

Painting of Loughgall House by Rene Aiken - Parish Art Class

Painting of Loughgall House by Rene Aiken – Parish Art Class

Loughgall   House is a late Georgian Grade II listed building and was built, or   redeveloped by John Hardy around 1820, possibly on the site of the previous   family dwelling referred to in a lease between the Copes and Andrew Hardy   dated 1753. The Northern Ireland listed building database description   includes the ‘fine columned doorcase and unusual window detail’. John Hardy   was the land agent for the Manor House Estate and a local Justice of the   Peace (JP), as was his father before him. He was also a local magistrate who   dealt with many of the petty cases heard in the local Courthouse. In 1834 he   was suspended from his position, being accused of supporting loyalists in a   local skirmish, but was reinstated later that year following representation   from influential public figures. His son, William, sold the house back to the   Cope family in 1878, who continued to use it for their Land Stewards, the   last being Mr John Moore, who had come from Co. Clare with his wife and five   of his seven daughters in 1904. The snowdrops that Mrs Moore brought from Co.   Clare still come up every year under the large beech tree at the bottom of   the garden. A very welcome sight! In 1945 the Ministry of Agriculture   purchased the Manor House Estate (including this house and many others in the   village) for the princely sum of £47,000. The house became offices for the   estate managers with the upstairs being rented out for living accommodation.   Managers over the years included Martin Milligan, John Wilkinson and Milby   Gregg. Another one of these managers, William Rossbotham, was to bring great   excitement and celebration to the village in 1954 when he brought home a Gold   Medal in the Lawn Bowls Pairs competition from the Commonwealth Games in   Vancouver, Canada. Some villagers still recall how a plan to ring the old   farmyard bell on his arrival back to the village almost ended in tragedy when   the bell escaped its housing and fell to the ground, narrowly missing the   bellringer. The house and adjacent orchard (where the bungalow is now built)   were sold to a local family by the Dept of Agriculture in 1975. The current   owners have lived here since 2001.
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