Lissan House 




Lissan House is a plain, three storey, nine bay Georgian house with later additions. At one end there is a single-storey wing with a three-sided, mullioned bow; at the other, a gable-ended office range; and in the middle of the entrance front, a "single-storey protuberance of unusual depth" embodying a porch and a bow-fronted porte-cochérewith windows.

At some stage after the mid-18th century, a garden was laid out here with "an artificial sheet of water with cascades and a picturesque bridge". 

The present mid-18th century house and landscaping is by Davis Ducart, within a 17th century demesne. He added an artificial lake, cascades and the White Bridge. Parts of the ca 1690 house remain. A 19th century ballroom is attached to the east side of the house. The ornamental gardens have gone and the 4.5 acre walled garden (three walls) is no longer planted up.

The Gardener’s House and offices are no longer used. There are mature trees and forest planting. The Lissan Water flows near the house, wooded on either side, and there are several bridges crossing the river, which is also the county boundary. One of two gate 

lodges survives of 1830. 

Lissan House and demesne is now run by a Trust. The Lissan Estate, located near Cookstown in County Tyrone, comprised 3,078 acres in the 1870s.

Lissan had been the seat of the Staples Baronets since ca 1610. Sir Robert George Alexander Staples, 13th Baronet (1894-1970), was the last Baronet to live at Lissan till his death in 1970.




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