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Ireland

Benburb Manor House (The Manor House) (Benburb Castle) (Benburb House)

  • Earlier Houses: The early 17th century Benburb Castle, whose ruins remain today on the estate, was built on the site of an earlier castle.

    Built / Designed For: James Bruce

    House & Family History: For a short period in the early 1930s the house served as a hotel. During World War II the British government requisitioned Benburb Manor House for use as a military hospital. In 1946 the house was sold to the Catholic Church, who continue to own it today as a retreat and conference center operated by the Benburb Centre, a charity run by the Servite Fathers.

  • Architect: William Henry Lynn

    Date: 1888-90
    Designed: House for James Bruce

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  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 40
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Sir Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (first creation), until 1634; Sir Edward Wingfield, 1634-?; Folliott Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (second creation), until 1717; Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (third creation), until 1751; Edward Wingfield, 2nd Viscount Powerscourt, 1751-64; Richard Wingfield, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt, 1764-88; Richard Wingfield, 4th Viscount Powerscourt, 1788-1809; Richard Wingfield, 5th Viscount Powerscourt, 1809-23; Richard Wingfield, 6th Viscount Powerscourt, 1823-44; Mervyn Edward Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt, 1844-circa 1885. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: James Bruce, 1890-1917.

    Current Ownership Type: The Catholic Church

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use

    Ownership Details: Since 1949 The Servite Priory, Benburb, which is open to visitors and available for residential conferences.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 02837-548-241

    Fax: 02837-548-524

    Email: info@servites-benburb.com

    Website: https://www.servites-benburb.com/

    Historic Houses Member: No