1790 – Marlfield House, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary


Large country house with the typical Irish Palladian composition of a seven-bay three-storey central block, single-storey quadrants and flanking pavilions. The five-bay rear elevation features a three-bay full-height bow. The western pavilion includes an impressive conservatory by Richard Turner, with ornate curving arches and radiating fanlights.

The original house was completed in 1785 by the 18th century Tipperary MP Colonel John Bagwell, a builder whose family accumulated considerable wealth constructing flour mills in Ireland. During the Irish Civil War, Senator John Bagwell was kidnapped by the IRA and held in the Dublin mountains, the government threatened reprisals, and Marlfield House was set alight and badly damaged. Senator Bagwell rebuilt the damaged central block under the supervision of Kaye-Parry & Ross circa 1925, albeit it with a flat roof, which sadly takes away from the building’s appearance.

Published July 7, 2024