The Pigeon House, Westmeath, Ireland

‘The Pigeon House’ is one of the few remaining buildings left on the old Hancock Temple Estate near Glasson, Co. Westmeath. The lands surrounding Glasson were granted to William Hancock during the Cromwellian Plantations, he built the now sadly demolished Waterstown House and walled orchards. Richard Castle who designed the house is also known for being the architect of Leinster House and the Rotunda in Dublin to name but a few. Waterstown House was built in during the first half of the 18th century and was dismantled in the early 1900s, the main gates can now be seen at Longford Cathedral. The beautiful Pigeon House was built to serve two purposes, firstly as a ornate landmark, and also during the winter when it was difficult to get access to fresh meat the pigeons housed there would be slaughtered to insure a fresh supply of meat. I didn’t have chance to check out the remnants of the walled garden on my trip, or try and find the entrance to an underground tunnel that runs from the estate to the village but I shall make it back there someday for another look!

GPS; 53.46613, -7.8623

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