Thursday Doors – Castle Archdale Part One

Castle Archdale in County Fermanagh features in this week’s Thursday Doors blogpost.

These terraced buildings would have housed the servants’ quarters, the stables, carriage stores and estate offices and have been very well preserved. Let’s have a look around this inner courtyard.

The murals painted on the windows and doors depict some of the servants you would tend to find in places such as this. The little chimney sweep is my favourite, someone who would have gone completely unnoticed in his day. He looks so out of place beside the little girl and the well dressed servants but reminds us of how hard life was for some children back then.

One of the entrances to the courtyard contains a patch of wall that has been left bare, exposing the original stone, which I thought was a nice touch.

Here we came across some drawings of how the estate appeared through the ages. Although the original castle has long since gone, this is an image of how it looked in its day.

The original Castle Archdale was built of limestone for John Archdale of Norfolk, England, in 1612. He had been given lands during the Plantation of Ulster but the castle was destroyed by fire and abandoned in 1689 during the Jacobite-Williamite war. The site of the old castle is about a mile from where the the present buildings and courtyard stand.

Georgian Castle Archdale was built between 1773 and 1777 by Col. Mervyn Archdale, the great great grandson of John Archdale. The next image shows how it looked in the Victorian era when it was in the hands of Edward Archdale, great grandson of Mervyn.

Unfortunately, the grand manor house no longer exists but here it is in an old photograph from the 1920’s.

During WW2 Castle Archdale was requisitioned by the Royal Airforce and housed up to 2,500 people. It was a major base for flying boats protecting Atlantic shipping from German U-boats. There were three floors over a basement and a six-bay entrance front. The manor house was known as RAF Castle Archdale from 1941-1957 but was in ruins by 1959 and finally demolished in 1970.

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Thursday Doors from Castle Archdale, part two will cover more of the surrounding estate and it’s amenities but in the meantime why not carry on over to Norm’s blog to see his colourful post.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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35 Responses to Thursday Doors – Castle Archdale Part One

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Such a beautiful place to visit. I like the arches over the doors. The sketch of the original 1612 plans are delightful. Who knew it’d evolve in such a way!

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  2. sydspix says:

    Wonderful history lesson! Enjoyed the pix too!

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  3. That bare patch on the wall seems to be roughly in the shape of France. A coincidence, I suppose?

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  4. tgeriatrix says:

    What a wonderful idea to paint the person at the door they might live behind.

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    This is exactly the kind of place I love visiting and for the same reasons: much to see to help the history of the place sink in. Those murals are a delightful way to fill those otherwise unused spaces and I’m with you; the chimney sweep is my favourite too.
    Excellent post!

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  6. I enjoyed reading about the various incarnations of the castle and the murals are wonderful. A chimney sweep had a very difficult life!!


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  7. DrJunieper says:

    It pains me that the grand manor house was finally demolished:( Wonder history will give the same news about some things/buildings/customs today. Great story, Jean!
    Am finally back after a period of no wifi and moving. To Texas. It might as well have been to another country, things are so different here, so I am happy they speak at least English/American. We live back in the city (a city like Los Angeles), only more modern, and spacier. It is know as a music city, like Atlanta). We drove down here the 20th of Aug, but our stuff only came last week, so we are still in the unpacking stage.

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  8. slfinnell says:

    I enjoy seeing the historical progression of these places. Great post!

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  9. jguenther5 says:

    It’s a bit sad when a grand old house is torn down.

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    • It is. At least they’ve done a great job preserving the servants quarters and courtyard. Usually, the parts of these estates that interest me most are where the running of it all took place and I find the lives of the workers and tradesmen etc. so much more interesting.


  10. Very nice post, Jean, and interesting history. The renovations are wonderful and the paintings are lovely. They help imagining what life was like for those back then.

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  11. Jennie says:

    This was really interesting, Jean. Thank you! Looking forward to part 2.

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  13. marianallen says:

    That looks like a place The Time Team would excavate, looking for the original and subsequent castles. Hmmmm….Maybe they did; I’ll have to check!

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  14. Teresa says:

    That was a great tour. Thanks for taking us along, Jean!

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