Ballyscullion 1787 and all
The coloured sketch below
is what Bishop Hervey's Palace in Ballyscullion would have looked like had it
been fully completed. The central rotunda was virtually completed but circa 1803/1804, it was
almost completely dismantled to avoid the alleged application of the 'window tax'.
The portico at the front entrance door was taken away to Belfast where it can
be seen to this day (see right) adorning St George's
Church in the 'High Street'.
The Ballyscullion house was apparently based on the
contempory (1774) house on
Belle Isle, Lake Windermere. This Belle Isle house (which still remains) was
very probably based on the Pantheon or the Villa Vicenza in Rome. The Ballyscullion 'Palace' was, in its turn, to be
the prototype for Ickworth House in Suffolk - the Hervey family
Read this well researched article
Aesthete for more...
Below is the 18th century architect's vision of what
the Ballyscullion Palace should look like after it was built (with the above portico integrated into the
Colour Image is Copyright of Ballyscullion Parish Church