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Grace Hall

Grace Hall, the seat and part of the estate of Thomas Douglass, Esq. comprehends a very fine modern edifice, and 150 Irish acres of a demesne, lightly and ornamentally planted; of an undulating surface, a light soil in high heart, extremely well adapted to green crops (of which there were 27 Irish acres in 1817), and a good corn soil; producing, on an average, as we heard, about 14 barrels of oats to the acre.

Grace-hall, with the exception of a seat that we shall presently notice, is, for the most part, confined to its own improvements for the enjoyment of landscape beauty.—The plantations of Lurgan demesne, the seat of Colonel Brownlow, which appear condensed upon the western plain, are regarded with interest, as a grand outpost, and a rich and graceful object in that portion of the landscape.—Between those seats, the boundary line of the counties of Down and Armagh, takes its course; and from the Armagh side of that line, the incomparable demesne of Lurgan, (graced by the silver surface of Lough Neagh,) faintly extends the influence of her transcendant beauties across the line to Grace-hall—like the music of Apollo, when it descends from a lofty mountain, and falls in soft and trembling cadence on the distant vale—while Grace-hall, inspired by her example, and faithful to the post assigned her by Downshire, reflects the influence of her less brilliant charms on the Lurgan scene— like the shepherd in the distant valley, to whose ear the passing gale had conveyed the dying sound of Apollo's lute; he awakes his pipe to gratitude, and offers to the god the lowly tribute of his pastoral song!

Grace-hall stands on a county road, which opens a communication between Lurgan and Belfast (by Moira and Lisburn) at the distance of 17 miles south west of Belfast, 67 north-west of Dublin, and two English miles from Lurgan, in the county of Armagh, which is the post town to it.

 

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