Landed Estates

Landed Estates - The landed estate was the central feature of Meath’s rural landscape in years gone by. Even today around the county much evidence of Meath’s estates is still clearly visible, such as the beautiful trees inside the estate walls, gate lodges, large entrances, big houses and so much more. Of course the fields that are or were part of landed estates also produce a wealth of other historical information with features such as Ice Houses, Old Windmills, Walled Gardens, Pigeon Houses, Mausoleums, Herd’s Houses, Orchards, Deerparks, hydraulic rams, courtyards, boat houses and many more.

 

100 - Old boat house at Ardmulchan 447 - Walled garden

Old boat house at Ardmulchan House between Stackallen Bridge and Navan along the River Boyne (photo by Joan Mullen)

Walled garden in south Meath near the Dublin border. This garden now has an arboretum, boxwood and grass (photo by Joan Mullen)

 

 

About 13 fields were identified with the special ‘Ha Ha’ feature. A ‘Ha Ha’ is a special wall usually built in the 17th and 18th Century on country estates. They are usually located a distance in front of the main house. Ha-ha walls typically formed a boundary between the estate's gardens and grounds. These walls were constructed so as to be invisible from the house, ensuring a clear view across the estate. Ha-ha walls consist of a sunken stone wall, its top level with the garden, with a deep ditch on the far side: an effective barrier to livestock.

 

383 - HaHa wall at Teltown

Restored and rebuilt Ha Ha wall at Teltown, Donaghpatrick (photo supplied by the Conservation Office at Meath County Council)

 

 

 

391 - Hamwood House Dunboyne 384 - Dowth Hall

Hamwood House near Dunboyne (photo supplied by the Conservation Office at Meath County Council)

 

Dowth Hall (photo supplied by the Conservation Office at Meath County Council)
 437 - Gate Lodge at entrance to Rathkenny House  55 -The Big House Hilltown from the view of the biggest field in Ireland 365ac
Gate lodge at entrance to Rathkenny House (photo by Joan Mullen)

‘The Big House’ and surrounding landscape - Hilltown House, Bellewstown viewed from the hill of Bellewstown (photo by Grace McCullen)