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That retractable striped awning emerging from the terrace roof looks very sleek and was brand new. A ca. 1920 photo of the house in this biography of the children’s father shows the terrace with no cover. (You can read a brief history of awnings here.)
Ballyards was built in 1872 and sold to the father, a linen manufacturer, in 1908. He almost doubled its size and called it “Ballyards Castle.”
Maynard was killed in WWII, but Bridget (age 7 in these photos) lived until 1975.
I believe this is The Old Inn, built in 1614 and still in operation as a hotel and restaurant. The mail coach, on its way to the port of Donaghadee and passage to England, changed horses at the Inn. Among the travelers who stopped here were Swift, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dickens, and Trollope.
I’m recovering from foot surgery at moment, so I haven’t been able to make my own arrangement for “In a vase on Monday,” hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. But I did want to share this wonderful photo in which the whole room is an arrangement. At first, I thought those were peacock feathers fanning out over the portrait of the Queen and on the right, but they are tall grasses. I would love to have lunch here.
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