Thursday November 16, 07:00 A.M.
Our second lecture of the season will be given by Bryan Mills about Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan, described by Mark Bence-Jones as ‘one of the most perfect examples of a Palladian villa.’ In 1981, Bryan Mills retired from the successful international IT services company he had started in 1964, and with his Irish wife and four teenage children moved to Ireland. Bryan will talk about Bellamont Forest, the 1728 Palladian villa designed by Edward Lovett Pearce, which he bought in 1981, and the pleasures and pains of owning, restoring (in part), and living in such a beautiful house. To add interest to the move, Bellamont is only 25 miles from Crossmaglen and, of course, 1981 was a period during the notorious hunger strikes.
Courtesy of the conservation architectural practice Donald Insall Associates, the lecture will be held in their Central London office, 12 Devonshire Street, London, W1G 7AB. Doors open at 6.30pm, with wine served on the first floor.
The lecture starts at 7.00pm and will last approximately one hour, with a further 20 minutes for questions. The lecture costs £15 per person (YIGs £10). If you would like to attend, please send your completed application form and cheque to Ashleigh Murray.