Brownlow House

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Brownlow House
Brownlow House.jpg
Brownlow House in 2010
General information
Architectural styleElizabethan
Town or cityLurgan
CountryNorthern Ireland
Coordinates54°27′57″N 6°19′43″W / 54.4658°N 6.3285°W / 54.4658; -6.3285
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Henry Playfair[1]

Brownlow House, also known as Brownlow Castle and Lurgan Castle, is a Grade A listed 19th century house located in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. It was built for Irish politician Charles Brownlow, 1st Baron Lurgan in 1833 by Scottish architect William Henry Playfair and was used as a military headquarters in both world wars.[2]


The house was constructed in 1833 by Scottish architect William Henry Playfair for Charles Brownlow, 1st Baron Lurgan and his family. The property remained in the family until the start of the 20th century, when it was purchased by Lurgan Real Property Company Ltd. It was later sold to Lurgan Loyal Orange District Lodge (the local contingent of the Orange Order), who continue to own the property today.

Throughout the world wars of the 20th century, the building played an important role as a headquarters for various military purposes. During the First World War the house acted as the headquarters of the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, while in World War II it was a base for American troops.[3]

In 1996 the building was badly damaged by an arson attack. Lurgan architectural firm DSC Partners designed the building's refurbishment, which also involved an expert from the restoration that followed the 1992 Windsor Castle fire.[4]

In 2014 a museum was opened in the basement of the building to commemorate its role during World War I.[5]

In August 2015 a World War II exhibition was added, highlighting the building's usage as a military outpost as well as the wider participation of Northern Ireland in providing temporary facilities for the British and American armies at the time.[6]


  1. ^ "Brownlow Castle - a Legacy of the Past". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Brownlow House History". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Brownlow HQ". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Brownlow House a memorial to expertise of respected architect". The News Letter. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Wartime memorabilia museum is opened at Brownlow House". Lurgan Mail. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Roamer: New WWII exhibition opens at Brownlow House, Lurgan". The News Letter. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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