Kilwaughter

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Kilwaughter Castle

Kilwaughter is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland near the town of Larne. It is in an electoral ward situated within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.[1] Kilwaughter is a rural village or Hamlet.

Kilwaughter is the home of Kilwaughter Castle, built by John Nash between 1803 and 1807, for the Agnew family.[2] Located on the site of an older 17th century tower,[3] the castle is situated in the hills, about 3 miles Southwest of Larne. Seized by the government during WWII, Kilwaughter Castle was used to house soldiers in the 1940s. These soldiers were members of the American 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion and based here during preparations for the D-Day Landings.[4] The castle remained uninhabited from that time and fell into disrepair - with collapsed floors and a collapsed roof. It is privately owned and not open to the public.[5] As of 2017, a charitable trust was reportedly being formed to "stop further deterioration of the castle".[3]

In addition to the still imposing castle, the landscape around Kilwaughter now finds itself marked by industry with a number of quarries operating in the local area.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Geographical Information for Kilwaughter Ward". Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service. Retrieved 21 June 2018. Kilwaughter ward is situated in the East Antrim Assembly Area
  2. ^ "1807 – Kilwaughter Castle, Co. Antrim". Archiseek. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Kilwaughter Castle Restoration Group - About Us". Kilwaughter Castle Trust. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Your Place and Mine - Kilwaughter Castle". BBC. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Kilwaughter Castle". Castles.nl. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

Coordinates: 54°53′N 5°53′W / 54.883°N 5.883°W / 54.883; -5.883