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Springhill

Springhill is a simple, attractive manor house built at the end of the 17th century for Will Conyngham, a member of a Plantation family who lived here for 300 years. Long sash-windows, a steeply pitched slate roof and a whitewashed façade give the house a provincial French air. The central block of the house has a symmetrical façade of 7 bays while the flanking Dutch-gabled pavilions display typical late17th-century butt purlin roof construction. Inside there is a mixture of oak panelling and airy, spacious rooms. There is a 17th-century staircase with oak treads and a handrail and balusters of yew. In the gun room there is rare Gothick wallpaper dating from c.1760.

Visitor Information

Address:
20 Springhill Road,
Moneymore,
Magherafelt,
County Londonderry,
Northern Ireland,
BT45 7NQ

Telephone: 028 8674 8210

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill

Accredited Museum

Springhill, County Londonderry (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 7,526 items online

A fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Lenox-Conynghams, inhabitants of Springhill for over 300 years, this collection showcases their changing fortunes, their involvement in significant political events of the time and their own unique stories. The collections range from 18th and 19th century family portraits, including Grand Tour Group by Philip Wickstead, and works by Batoni and William Hoare of Bath, to a medicine chest presented by the Duke of Marlborough, all the way through to a much loved very early teddy bear in the nursery. There is a costume museum with a yearly changing theme, which provides a centrepiece for the costume collection that contains over 2000 items of Irish costume and stories. There is also one of the most remarkable historic libraries in Ireland, going back to the middle of the seventeenth century. In addition to the books of the Conynghams who first built the house, it includes books assembled in the city of Derry by their merchant cousins the Lenoxs, whom they later married into, to combine their names into the Lenox-Conynghams of today. There is alsoa large number of books inherited in the nineteenth century through the female line of the family, firstly from Blessington House in Co. Wicklow and then to Lissan House, Co. Tyrone, before ending their journey at Springhill with the marriage of Charlotte Staples to William Lenox-Conyngham.

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