Drumbanagher House

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Coordinates: 54°16′00″N 6°23′00″W / 54.2667°N 6.3833°W / 54.2667; -6.3833 Drumbanagher House (also known as Drumbanagher Castle and Closes Castle), near Poyntzpass, County Armagh, was a large country house in Northern Ireland designed for Maxwell Close by William Notman, working under William Playfair[1] in 1829, being "one of his grandest country houses."[2][3]

Following occupation by the American and British armies during World War Two, Drumbanagher was demolished by its owner in 1951 due to the expense in up keeping the property; the estate remains in the possession of the Close family. Writing in the Belfast Telegraph in 1962 the then owner said;

"No mortal could have afforded to keep the castle going. So I had it demolished. Death duties, upkeep and financial difficulties meant I just had to get rid of it...It was perfectly sound and in good order when it was demolished...Now it looks like a nuclear bomb hit it."

Today, all that remains of the house is the "vast arched porte-cochere" (Bence-Jones), which Sir Charles Brett described as "resembling a Roman Arc de Triomphe."


  1. ^ "William Notman". www.scottisharchitects.org.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  2. ^ Brett, Sir Charles, Buildings of County Armagh, UAHS, 1999, p. 272
  3. ^ Castles in County Armagh