Council urged to rethink historic house plan

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      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      Westmeath County Council is being urged to reconsider plans for a commercial garden centre in the grounds of Belvedere House, near Mullingar, because the proposed development would compromise the setting of Ireland’s largest architectural folly. The folly, a sham ruin known as the Jealous Wall, was built in the mid-18th century by Belvedere’s first owner, Robert Rochford, to block out views of Tudenham House, his brother George’s even larger neo-Palladian house, immediately to the south.

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