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Fashion plans for Gate Lodge

By Anne Madden

Published 05/10/2010

One of south Belfast’s most historic listed buildings could be transformed into a fashion store.

The owner of the Gate Lodge at Drumglass Park has applied for planning permission to turn the 19th century house into a boutique retail store. The application has been lodged by Cathy Villiers, a fashion designer who runs a business from an existing premises on the Lisburn Road.

The gate lodge at 350 Lisburn Road was the original lodge for the Drumglass estate, the former residence of Henry Musgrave, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist.

The Musgrave family made their fortune as hardware and heating stove manufacturers.

The last surviving member of his family, Henry Musgrave, bequeathed six acres of his property to be used and maintained as a public park or children's playground, which became Drumglass Park.

The Gate Lodge was built in the Queen Anne Revival style sometime around 1882 and replaced an earlier villa which dated from 1854.

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