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Merton Lodge (now Ballycarbery)

Merton Lodge (now Ballycarbery)
NameMerton Lodge (now Ballycarbery)
Previous NamesKilliney Lodge
AddressKilliney Hill Road
Year Builtc. 1829
On 1888 mapYes
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2021 | author

Earliest map 1837

Fair Plan of 1837 showing Killiney Lodge (Merton Lodge)
Published map of 1843 showing Killiney Lodge (Merton Lodge). Glenfield was later demolished to make way for The Grove which was built c. 1852

Description from ‘Illustrated Irish Incumbered Estates’ by Mary Cecelia Lyons 1993

Illustration of Merton Lodge and adjoining The Grove used for sales purposes in 1855. NA 1A/3/35:36

Sale: 19th of June, 1855

No descriptive particulars of Merton Lodge were given in the rental. These two properties on the Killiney Hill Road were auctioned on behalf of Joseph Hines, a bankrupt, and his main creditor, George Clarke. They were both bought by John Fitzgerald, for £900-0-0. These two applotments remained in the hands of John Fitzgerald, and subsequently his widow, until 1926.

Occupancy  of Merton Lodge from Thom’s Directory: 1861-1925

1861-1864  J. A. Huddlestone, Esq. (who  moved to an adjacent property named Undercliff)

1865-1866  Vacant

1867       William Henry, Esq. (who  moved to an adjacent property named Strathmore)

1868-1869  Vacant

1870       The Rev Robert Stavely, Incumbent of [Holy] Trinity Church, Killiney

1871       Vacant

1872-1877  Charles Dawson, Esq.

1878-1887  Mrs  Battesby

1888-1889  H. Ormsby Rose, Esq.

1890-1897  P. J. Tuohy, Barrister-at-Law with the Board of Works

1898       Mrs  Grey

1899-1905  Mrs  Martin

1906-1908  Vacant

1909       Miss Elizabeth Percy

1910-1913  The  Misses Elizabeth and Lucy Percy

1914       Vacant

Thom’s lists this property as vacant until 1922, but the rating field-books continue to list tenants after that one year’s vacancy:

1915-1920  George  S. Waterlow

1920-1924  Thomas H. Green

1925       Patrick Brady. Thom’s continues with a subtenant:

1922-1925  Mrs Anne  Allardyce

Both The Grove and Merton Lodge were bought by  George S. Waterlow, whose address was given as Loughgall, Co. Armagh, in 1926. Waterlow continued to lease The Grove, but demolished Merton Lodge immediately after purchase. Its land was merged with The Grove’s. The Merton Lodge applotment was partially resurrected in the late 1950’s, when Thady O’Sullivan, of the Gresham Hotel, acquired some of the land and built a bungalow on the site.


Images from The Court of the Commissioners for Sale of Incumbered Estates in Ireland, Estate of George Clarke June 1855

Auction Notice of 19th June 1855
Description of Rental
Map of Estate
Detail from map

The map above shows the single storey house with simple projecting entrance porch to the front elevation as can be seen in the perspective view. The footprint remans the same in the 1888 map with the exception of a small extension to the Northern gable.


Notice of house to be let , 27th July 1831

From Dublin Evening Mail 27th July 1831

Description of house dated 23rd September 1852 from auction notice

Freeman’s Journal 23rd September 1852

Ordnance Survey map of 1888

Extract from Ordnance Survey sheet XXVI.7 1888

A sad tale about a deceased resident of Killiney Lodge Hotel, 1851.

From The Dublin Weekly Nation 18th January 1851

Newspaper cuttings

Earliest recorded mention of Killiney Lodge from Saunders’s Newsletter of 15th May 1829
Mrs. Clements Southwell resident in August 1837