Thursday, 31 March 2016

Mount Panther Album

front elevation

I cycled into town this morning in the trusty two-wheeler, through sunny Victoria Park and over the Sam Thompson Bridge; along Titanic Quarter; over another new foot and cycle bridge which traverses the River Lagan from Queen's Quay to Donegall Quay.

My destination today was Belfast's Central Library in Royal Avenue.

I wished to inquire about the method for downloading eBooks on their website (in conjunction with Overdrive app).

courtyard: prospect from the house

A reader had very helpfully apprised me of HMSO's Archaeological Survey of County Down, 1966; and that it contains images of Mount Panther House.

I've already written at length about Mount Panther, once one of County Down's finest and grandest country houses.

fireplace

It is said that the roof was unceremoniously removed in the 1960s in order to avoid paying rates.

My images are of the house taken prior to this, most likely in the early 1960s.

ballroom

The ballroom was exquisite; to the extent that HRH Princess Margaret paid it a visit with her husband, the Earl of Snowdon.

1 comment :

Newry Liam said...

As for the rates and roof that is not correct the roof was on the house until lead was stolen in the 80s or 90s and the roof subsequently collapsed