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Monday, 15 August 2011

Castle Upton & Templeton Mausoleum

Yes! We actually managed to visit three historic places today, next on our stop after Donegore was Castle Upton in Templepatrick. First of all, I have traveled past the stone walls of Castle Upton more times than I can remember and I've often wondered what was inside, I've been told various things ranging from 'A castle' (obviously) to 'apartments' only half true. You can read more about Castle Upton here.

First of all the castle is private property which houses an art gallery and an antique store, so I believe visits to the actual building are only for this purpose. The original castle, complete with a tower was constructed in 1611 with the building being extended in 1783. The Kinahan family currently live in the castle and it is only open for special functions. Do contact the owners before you make an improptu visit as I noticed there is a sign 'No Trespassers.' 

Sadly we could only see the roof of the castle but our main point of visiting the grounds was to venture into the historic graveyard which houses the Templeton mausoleum, this is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. The gate remains shut, so remember to close it on your way out. Read more about the Mausoleum here.

Although over three hundred years old the graveyard is easy to maneuver around, some headstones have fallen down but all in all they are in very good condition. The large tombs and statues are interesting and I noticed a grave from 1734. The Mausoleum's doors were open, so we had a look inside, I snapped some photos of the Viscount's headstones to give you an idea of who lived at Castle Upton a few centuries ago!

Take a look at the photos and click to enlarge, the writing on the headstones is very clear.

Inside the Mausoleum

A wagon wheel on the gate

Pathway leading to and from the graveyard

1 comment:

  1. I found this very interesting because some years ago I purchased an old metal Deed box at an Antique Auction here in England. The box was empty apart from a square glass box bound at the edges in brass. It measured inches by inches. Inside the glass box were fragments of dried flowers and foliage. Engraved on the brass box edges was the following
    inscription "Picked in the inner garden of Gethsemane Nov.2 1898 by Viscount Templetown". I often wondered who this was and now, I know. Marie Booth,Warwickshire, England
    Engraved on the brass frame were the words "