Ardress, County Armagh
Ardress (formerly Ardreske, from Irish: Ardriasc, meaning "height of the marsh") is a hamlet and townland between Loughgall and Annaghmore in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is made up of Ardress East and Ardress West. It is within the civil parish of Loughgall and barony of Oneilland West. It had a population of 90 people (39 households) in the 2011 Census.
The area is best known as the site of Ardress House. This was originally a modest farmhouse which was transformed into a mansion in 1760 by Dublin architect George Ensor. It is run by the National Trust and contains excellent examples of 18th century furniture and a good display of paintings. Amongst its many features is the plasterwork in the drawing room by Michael Stapleton, student of Robert Adam (b.1728-1792), dating back to 1780. The farmyard and outbuildings show aspects of farming history with a display of farm implements. There is a pleasant garden with examples of early types of Irish rose. The ‘Ladies Mile’ is a woodland walk around the estate.
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