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Leicester House, Crumlin

Leicester House, Crumlin, Co.Dublin, was on the main East-West Drimnagh Rd / Crumlin Rd.
The location is now at the junction of Errigal Rd (see map).
Leicester House was end-ways to the road.

Leicester House, Crumlin.
Aerial view from E, looking W.
See full size. Picture courtesy of Reynolds family.
Today, the buildings at the roadside are gone, the old house is gone, and the barn to the top W is gone.
The buildings to the centre W, set back from the road, are the stables. These were built later than the 1887 to 1913 map (see below). These survive, converted into houses.

Leicester House is plot 1 in Crumlin on [Griffiths Valuation, 1850]. 81 acres plus a mid-sized house, occupied by William Graham.
Can't see Leicester House in Crumlin in [Thom's, 1850] or [Thom's, 1852]. Might have had different name.

"Michael Cavanagh, farmer" is listed in Leicester House, Crumlin, in [Thom's, 1868].
This must be same family as Cavanagh of Drimnagh Castle just to the W of here.

Alderman Michael Flanagan acquired Leicester House.
Michael Flanagan, market gardener, is listed at Leicester House, Crumlin, in [Thom's, 1882].
[Deed, 1885] shows an estate of 84 acres.

Larry Flanagan is listed at Leicester House in [Thom's] from 1896 to 1926.
See entry in [Census, 1901]. Larry is "farmer". He owns the land on which he lives. Leicester House has 6 rooms, 10 windows in front of house. There are 5 out-buildings (consisting of 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 harness room, 1 cow house and 1 piggery).
See entry in [Census, 2 April 1911]. Larry is "market gardener". He owns the land on which he lives. Leicester House has 11 rooms, 10 windows in front of house. There are a total of 21 out-offices and farm buildings (consisting of 14 stables, 1 coach house, 1 harness room, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn, 1 potato house and 1 shed).
Larry died there 1925.

Michael Flanagan is listed at Leicester House in [Thom's] from 1927 to 1932.
Leicester House was auctioned early 1931.
Liam Cosgrave thinks Larry possibly did not own Leicester House - that the Alderman stayed the owner of it.
[Watchorn, 1985, p.85] has a map of c.1937 which shows a small housing estate now built on the Leicester House grounds, to the W and N side. Though still fields all around that.
T. Noonan is listed at Leicester House, Drimnagh Rd, Crumlin in [Thom's, 1945].
Joseph Noonan is listed at Leicester House, Crumlin road, in [Thom's, 1951].
Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, opened 1956. It was built on old Flanagan land (part of the Leicester House estate).
It was said that the hospital was built on land owned by The Bird's widow. Though it seems the whole Leicester House estate was sold back in early 1931 (when the Alderman still alive).

Peter Mulligan is listed at Leicester House, Drimnagh Rd, in [Thom's, 1973].
Leicester House still there 1974.
In [Thom's, 1975-76] to [Thom's, 1981-82] the Leicester House name is gone. The site is 18a Drimnagh Rd, which is "Laundrette (Mrs. Mulligan)". Note that Mulligan was previously listed at the house. It may be that this is still the old house.
Leicester House was possibly demolished around 1983.
In [Thom's, 1984] the location is vanished.
[Watchorn, 1985] describes it as "recently demolished".
The location re-appears in [Thom's, 1986] as 14-18 Drimnagh Rd, Sphere's health club. The old house is definitely demolished by now.

Close-up of above.
See full size.

Leicester House, Crumlin, on 1829 to 1842 map.

Leicester House, Crumlin (plot 1) on Griffiths Valuation map at
Note Drimnagh Castle to W and Collins property to SE.
See also [VO] Griffiths Valuation maps, Dublin county, map 18.

Leicester House, Crumlin.
Close-up of above.
Note Collins property across the road to the S.

Leicester House, Crumlin.
From Map 7 and Map 8 in Maps of the Shaw estate, 1879. Based on Ordnance Survey maps of 1866.
Note Collins property across the road to the S.

Leicester House, Crumlin, on 1887 to 1913 map.
Note the stables are not yet built.

The estate of Leicester House, on 1887 to 1913 map.
According to [Hannan].
[Deed, 1885] and the sale notice of 1931 both show 84 acres attached to the house.
The sale notice of 1931 says these are in 8 fields (which matches the above).
See also other Flanagan lands across the road to the south.

Leicester House for sale, Irish Times, January 31, 1931, p.16.

Leicester House site.
Overlay of 1887 to 1913 map and modern map.
Site is W side of Errigal Rd, just to W of Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
The site of the main house is now completely cleared and is occupied by a new building, the Children's Medical and Research Foundation.

This seems to be the only surviving piece of the wall of the grounds of Leicester House.
Entrance to the new building. View from Errigal Rd, looking W.
See wider view from street view.
Old maps show this as part of the old N boundary wall.
Photo 2012. See full size.

The stables

The stables were to the W side, set back from the old road.
They were built after the 1887 to 1913 map above.
The stables survive today, converted into this row of houses, on Drimnagh Rd, on W side of the new building.
Note the slightly odd windows.
Local resident Maurice Kelly says: "the stables for Leicester House were converted into houses. I grew up in one ... They are the smaller houses adjacent to Magnum Tyres. Myself and my friends found numerous horse shoes in the gardens in the 1970s."
Photo 2012. See full size.
See similar shot and other end

Wider shot. From street view.

Wider shot. Photo 2012. See full size.

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