Slade Castle

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Slade Castle
Native name
Irish: Caisleán an tSlaoid
Slade Castle.jpg
Typetower house
LocationSlade, Hook Peninsula,
County Wexford, Ireland
Coordinates52°08′02″N 6°54′39″W / 52.133868°N 6.910706°W / 52.133868; -6.910706Coordinates: 52°08′02″N 6°54′39″W / 52.133868°N 6.910706°W / 52.133868; -6.910706
AreaHook Peninsula
Height17 m (56 ft)
Builtearly 16th century
OwnerState
Official name: Slade Castle
Reference no.429
Slade Castle is located in Ireland
Slade Castle
Location of Slade Castle in Ireland

Slade Castle is a tower house and National Monument located in County Wexford, Ireland.[1][2]

Location[edit]

Slade Castle is located in the village of Slade, near the tip of the Hook Peninsula, 1.7 km (1.1 mi) northeast of Hook Head Lighthouse.[3]

History[edit]

The original fort was built by the Laffin (Laffan) family in the late 15th century. The fortified two-storied hall was added in the 16th century also adding crenellations. The Laffin estate was quite small, 86 ha (210 acres). This suggests that other sources of revenue, such as fishing or trade, must have funded the castle.

The Laffins lost Slade after the 1641 Rebellion. It was used for storage by the salt works until the 19th century, when that the castle was converted into tenement housing. When the castle was taken over by the Office of Public Works in the 1940s the castle was restored to its old condition.[4][5]

Building[edit]

Another view of the castle, with many arrowslits.

The earliest part of the castle is the four-storey-tall tower. The ground and third floors have vaulted ceilings, with Irish crenelations on the parapet, where there are excellent views of Bannow Bay and Waterford Harbour, important for defence. The entrance doorway is protected by a machicolation and murder-hole. A fireplace and garderobe survive on the second level. The three ground-floor rooms cannot be entered from the living quarters above and may have been used as warehouses.

The hall is two storeys tall, with entrance protected by a murder-hole. There is a large fireplace at the west end and an oubliette in the south wall. A mural staircase leads to the upper floor.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irish Castles - Slade Castle".
  2. ^ Grose, Francis; Ledwich, Edward (1 January 1791). "The antiquities of Ireland". Printed for S. Hooper – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Colfer, Billy (1 January 2004). "The Hook Peninsula: County Wexford". Cork University Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Slade Castle, Slade. co. Wexford. c.1470".
  5. ^ "Slade castle, Co. Wexford - Irish Archaeology".
  6. ^ "Slade Castle Co Wexford".
  7. ^ "Slade Castle, County Wexford".