Sunday, 20 December 2015

Belvoir House: Its Demise

West front

I have already posted an article about Belvoir House at Newtownbreda, near Belfast; and published a few photographs of the old mansion.

Belvoir Park was a seat of the 1st Viscount Dungannon.

It now forms part of Lagan Valley Regional Park.

The Batesons, afterwards Barons Deramore, purchased Belvoir from Lord Dungannon in 1818.

Belvoir House was demolished on the 18th February, 1961.

The car park is on the site of the house.

Here are some images of the house prior to its demolition.

The image above shows the west entrance front, looking towards the River Lagan.

The apex of the pediment can just be seen on the left side, two-thirds of the way up; with a flag-pole above the ballustraded west porch.

West front from the south

The image above shows the south front of the house with its extensive courtyard buildings. The courtyard faced the stable-yard, which still stands today.

At the apex of the pediment the Bateson baronets' coat-of-arms was prominently displayed, their crest being a bat's wing; and their motto Nocte Volamus.

The pediment was at the garden front of the house, which faced northwards towards the motte, walled garden and glass-houses.

North front

Belvoir House - or Hall - dated from the mid-18th century and would have been, possibly, the oldest building in Belfast at the time of its destruction; or, at least, sections thereof.

Above, probably the final image of the once-great mansion before its ignominious end, in 1961, with preparation for demolition: The stately garden front, which faces northwards.

East front

Despite its undoubted historical importance, its associations with several notable families, and having once been the focal point of a great demesne, Belvoir House suffered its ultimate fate when it was swept away in 1961 by a government department.

Last published February, 2010. 


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to see Belvoir House again after 57 years. It brings back many happy memories of playing in the house and grounds.Many thanks, harry

Stuart Blakley said...

Another very interesting country house posting Timothy! My father used to play on the estate and he was recently given a book A Treasured Landscape: the Heritage of Belvoir Park, edited by Ben Simon, 2005. However it deals primarily with the grounds rather than the building itself. The book does, though, have a few great photos of the interior. Stuart Blakley

Anonymous said...

Many more photos here of grounds and building