As already recounted here, the original Castle at Narrow Water was probably a small item, built by the first Norman knight to make it into these parts c. 1212, one Hugh de Lacey.
No relic remains, though the site is believed to be a small knoll between the present Keep and Warrenpoint, just beyond the road there! It would have performed the dual role of protection against sea-borne invasion – and a refuge of last resort, should the garrison need to use that same sea passage for its own flight!
It was towards the close of the Stuart period that the estate here, and nine townlands came into the possession of one Francis Hall, whose family had originated in
In the late 1790s (a revolutionary period already alluded to) a Newry Surveyor was instructed by Savage Hall to lay out the adjacent town of
As an adult Roger was hard-working and dynamic and with his wife Barbara (Savage of Portaferry) he greatly improved his estates and founded schools for the education of three hundred pupils. They had their own sailing vessels plying the route to
In 1816 the famous Newry architect Thomas Duff was employed to design an Elizabethan revival-style house adjoining Mount Hall. That is still the Hall family home today. Some building materials were imported by their sailing ships but granite too from Mullaghglass was used. The furniture, panelling and carving was the work of Curran & Sons of Lisburn. It took twenty years to complete and Duff did not survive to see it finished. Duff had also designed Newry Cathedral as well as that in Dundalk and
Roger Hall died in 1865 and willed his estates to his brother Madden, and on Madden’s death, to his nephew William James Hall. He was the son of the Rev Savage Hall, rector of Loughgall and Anne O’Brien of
In 1863 William married Elizabeth Forde of Seaforde. Before her early death in 1866 she bore him two sons Roger and William Charles. William then married Florence Brooke of Ashbrooke, Co Fermanagh who bore him another son Francis.
The eldest son Roger inherited
Roger Toby hall served – and suffered – in the Great War and was invalided out to
In 1929, in an effort to improve his health, he set off to
At the outbreak of the Second World War the Castle was commandeered for military billets. Both British and American military personnel were stationed there. Post-War the Castle for a while functioned as a hotel. By 1952 it closed and was converted into twelve flats. One of these was the first married home of your editor’s sister in the early 60s.
Mr Roger Hall inherited the castle in 1951. Today the castle is a venue for conferences, wedding and the like.