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Slade Castle
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 08' 01.5"   W 006° 54' 38.7"

Nearest town

Fethard-on-Sea

Grid Ref.

X 74363 98493

Map No.

76

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

10

Date of visit

Saturday 15 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Slade castle on the little harbour of Slade village.


Originally this was a simple four-storey tower house built in the 15th century by the Laffan family. The main room was on the second floor and had a fireplace and a toilet. The entrance lobby to the tower faces south (190°) and was protected by a murder hole, that was an opening in the above floor through which boiling liquids or other heavy and harmful objects were dropped on unwelcome visitors.
In the 16th century a two-storey house was added to the northeast corner of the tower, this addition had battlemented parapets in the same style as the main tower. A new addition at the east end of the castle was made in the 17th century with an 18 stone steps staircase.


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