Wonderful Barn, Leixlip

The Wonderful Barn is a corkscrew-shaped building on the edge of Castletown House Estate of the Conolly family, which borders Leixlip and Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. It was built in 1743 on the Leixlip side of the Castletown Estate. Flanked by two smaller dovecote towers, it was built with the stairs ascending around the exterior of the building.Several purposes are suggested for the unique structure. One theory is based on the custom in Georgian times of using doves as a delicacy when other game or animals were not in season, and suggest its use as a dovecote. The height of the structure would also lend itself to sport shooting, supporting another theory of its use as a shooting or gamekeepers tower.The tower is seen from the east windows of Castletown House, so it filled that vista, possibly as a folly.However, a central hole through each of the floors supports the generally accepted theory of its use as a granary. The barn was built in the years immediately following the famine of 1740-41, as there was a need for new grain stores in case of another famine. The Conollys owned Kilmacredock and rented it out, so the barn was also useful for their tenants.The construction project also likely served as a way to keep the local poor employed. In this, it is not unlike the Conolly Folly (an Obelisk), which was built on the estate in 1740-41.
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  • Beautiful barn, great place to go and take pictures or go for a nice evening walk with the dog! Allotments are also cool to see and lovely forest walkways.  more »
  • My wife and I stopped by this barn when staying in Lexlip for a night recently, and she absolutely loved it! In fact it was one of only three critical things she wanted to see when we went to Ireland ...  more »
  • This magical corkscrew shaped building was constructed on the edge of the Castletown estate in 1743. (Google maps brought us to the a no access drive way (for cars). Not easy parking however, the pers...  more »
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  • Realy unusual building, not sure why not mainyained better and even done up and open properly for public viewings
  • A phenomenal local landmark. You are not able to get into the Barn unless there is a special occasion and Kildare County Council has given its permission. Hopefully more use will come of this heritage site in the near future!
  • I grew up with this place behind my house so it really has a special place in my heart
  • A lovely place to bring your dog for a walk
  • Beautiful unusual building here in Ireland a must see place
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