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"Crotto" was the older name.
Spelled "Crotto" in [Smith, 1756] and [Taylor and Skinner, 1777] and [Dublin directory, 1783] and [The Post-chaise Companion, 1786] and [Lodge's Peerage of Ireland, 1789] and [Leet's Directory, 1814] and [Pigot's directory, 1824] and William Ponsonby death 1831.
Crotto House (or Crotta House), Co.Kerry.
inherited 1831 by
Thomas Carrique Ponsonby.
He sold it 1842.
"Samuel Julian" is listed at Crotto House in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852].
Kitchener (born 1850) lived as a child in Crotto House (his father leased it for some years before 1863).
this rare 17th century house was demolished,
possibly in stages, in the 20th century.
The house fell into decay for many years before it was demolished.
Photo of around 1902 (below) shows the house still in normal condition.
["Horatio Kitchener at Crotta", Kilflynn Chronicle 11th edn, Dec 2006] thought Crotto was occupied in 1910.
However photos of c.1910 (below) show it is in a ruined state.
Crotto was in ruins by the time of [1925 poem].
[Gourley, 1965] describes substantial ruins surviving as at 1965: "From the massive ruined walls of to-day, we can judge it to have been a stately home."
[Gaughan, 1974] says "part of Crotta House" was then still standing.
It was finally demolished think late 1970s.
[Houses of Kerry, 1994] says little then remained of Crotto except some stone walls and part of the stableyard.
Crotto in [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].
Crotto in [The Post-chaise Companion, 1786, p.180].
Crotto House. 1829 to 1842 period.
Crotto House. 1887 to 1913 period.
Crotto House. Photo 1902 or shortly before.
The Ponsonby coats of arms appear to be removed.
See larger and full size and original.
From opposite p.40 in [Grew, 1916].
See 1902 copy on sale here.
See also scan from royalirishconstabulary.com. Used with permission.
Photo said to be Sept 1919.
It is clearly earlier than the Holroyd-Smyth photos below, since the N wing has not yet collapsed.
See full size.
From [O'Donovan, 1989, p.269]. Used with permission.
See scan from book.
Crotto House, in a ruined state. The N wing has partially collapsed.
From negatives in Holroyd-Smyth Family Papers. [NLI] MS 49,518/108.
Meant to be c.1910. However, it is clearly later than the photo above.
Envelope suggests 1920s, not c.1910.
See larger and full size.
From Holroyd-Smyth Family Papers.
The roof lines of the outbuildings at the S end are not the same as today. But this must be the same view. There were no outbuildings like this at the N end.
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Site of Crotto House. Modern map.
The LHS wing (that used to adjoin the main central block) survives.