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Townley Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Blayney Balfour

    House & Family History: Townley's staircase hall is very similar to James Paine's 1770s staircase hall at Wardour Castle. For much of the mid-20th century the house was owned by Trinity College, Dublin. It is today once again back in private ownership.

    Comments: Mark Bence-Jones called Townley "Francis Johnston's Classical masterpiece...[with] a superb central rotunda, lit by glazed dome, with a wonderfully light and graceful staircase curving up inside it." "...of singular and impressive austerity..." - Christopher Hussey

  • Architect: Francis Johnston

    Date: 1794
    Designed: House for Blayney Balfour

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  • Country Life: CIV, 178, 228, 1104 [Treasures], 1948.

  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pgs. 275-276
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Past Seat / Home of: Blayney Balfour, 18th century; Townley-Balfour family here until 1954. David Crichton, 1954-56.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: The house can be booked for weddings and events.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 0419-838-218

    Fax: 0419-837-142

    Email: info@townleyhall.ie

    Website: http://www.townleyhall.ie/

    Historic Houses Member: No