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Roughan Castle

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much has been spent on the restoration of Roughan Bawn in County Tyrone; who has access to it; and on what basis.[HL6685]

First, I wish to clarify that the site is normally referred to as “Roughan Castle”, rather than “Roughan Bawn”, since no bawn-type enclosure walls are left standing above ground level.

Between February and June 2005, the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) spent approximately £10,700 conserving the fabric of the early 17th-century castle.

Potentially anybody has access to the site in line with the 1989 deed of guardianship, which placed it in state care. Article 20 of the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 provides for public access to monuments under ownership or guardianship of the department. As a state-care monument, Roughan Castle has a perimeter-marking metal fence with a pedestrian gate and two information panels. There is a public right-of-way access lane and a hard standing parking area to the north of the castle. There are no fixed opening or closing hours.