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HEADFORT HOUSE

Conserving Ireland’s Sole Surviving Suite of Robert Adam Interiors

HEADFORT HOUSE
Kells, Ireland
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BACKGROUND

In the early 1770s Thomas Taylor, the first Earl of Headfort, commissioned Irish architect George Semple to build Headfort House. The interior contains a magnificent suite of six state rooms designed by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Adam. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

By 2004 the house and its internal decoration were deteriorating due to a lack of investment. The roofs were leaking, masonry required re-pointing, internal rooms were being damaged by water ingress, and the Adam interiors had been repainted in an inappropriate colour scheme that required repair and redecoration.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Headfort is a unique site in Ireland, being the only place where a suite of Robert Adam-designed interiors survive (this in itself can tell us much about how eighteenth-century interiors developed in Ireland, distinct from the rest of the British Isles). (...)