The Wonderful Barn
The Wonderful Barn is a corkscrew-shaped building on the edge of Castletown House Estate, formerly of the Conolly family, in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. The barn itself is formally in neighbouring Leixlip.
|The Wonderful Barn|
|Status||Inactive, heritage building|
|Town or city||Leixlip|
|Elevation||60 m (200 ft)|
|Height||22 m (72 ft)|
|Diameter||11 m (36 ft) at base|
|Circumference||35 m (115 ft) at base|
|Material||red brick overlain with rubble stone|
|Known for||unusual shape|
The barn was built in 1743 on the Leixlip side of the Castletown Estate.
Several purposes are suggested for the unique structure:
- One theory is based on the custom in Georgian times of using doves as a delicacy when other game or animals were not in season, and suggest its use as a dovecote.
- The height of the structure would also lend itself to sport shooting, supporting another theory of its use as a shooting or gamekeepers tower.
- The tower is seen from the east windows of Castletown House, so it filled that vista, possibly as a folly.
- However, a central hole through each of the floors supports the generally accepted theory of its use as a granary. The barn was built in the years immediately following the famine of 1740-41, as there was a need for new grain stores in case of another famine. The Conollys owned Kilmacredock and rented it out, so the barn was also useful for their tenants.
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- The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip, Co. Kildare | Irish Georgian Society Archived 2015-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Thompson, Sylvia. "Buildings at risk: The Wonderful Barn, Co Kildare". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Off the beaten track: Part I". Ireland.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.