The Jealous Wall, Belvedere Gardens Mullingar
€7.95 – €50.00
On the grounds of Belvedere House, The Jealous Wall was intentionally built to look like a ruin. This type of folly was a popular feature on estates in the mid-1700s. Also called a “sham ruin,” the Jealous Wall is the largest folly in Ireland.
It was built by Earl Robert Rochfort, who always had trouble with one family member or another. He locked his wife Mary indoors for 31 years when she was accused of adultery with his brother Arthur. He then sued Arthur and had him tossed in a debtors prison when he couldn’t pay. When his other brother George built a grander house next door, Robert built the enormous folly so he wouldn’t have to look at it.
Available as a canvas print or jigsaw puzzle