Abandoned Quaker Oat Mansion’s Unwholesome Secret

Updated : Sep 09, 2019 in Articles

Abandoned Quaker Oat Mansion’s Unwholesome Secret

The beautiful and ancient force of Ireland are a wonder to behold in This land across these forests or old stone walls Down rutted but overgrown carriage tracks or lone Tangled old orchard rows or even on the edge of limitless brown peat bogs lie innumerable ruins and forgotten places last year We trekked across the nation searching for these abandoned mansions and churches in order to bring these stories back to life for you After many successes and far more failures including being chased by a bolt flat tires and being caught on an estate I have vowed to return in the near future to do it all again We’re happy today to return and bring you this first of a short series of largely forgotten abandoned places of Ireland The unwholesome Quaker Oats mansion You would not know today that this pale yellow sprawling building decked with ivy and chirping birds once held a story both Uplifting wholesome and as I was to later discover in my research truly unwholesome and at times sickening Today it sits prominently amid the very township that it benefited yet almost lost to its daily life To understand the nature of this state today it is important to start at the very beginning of its origins which began with a group known as the Quakers and An oat and grain milling dynasty before we start this tale I’d like to mention on a personal note that as a child. I was in fact a Quaker for some time It is an often misunderstood Protestant religion with a major focus on silent meditative worship and is often popularly tied to pacifism though This isn’t required the Quakers of today are a Creed ‘less very open religious group that believes in a direct relationship with God and has very little to Do with votes or the old Quaker meeting children’s rhyme? I am no longer a Quaker, but I still respect their ideals The story of this house begins around 1650 with George Fox the founder of Quakerism during the English Civil War in its upheaval he Disenfranchised with the Church of England he felt that it was possible to have a direct experience of Christ without the aid of an ordained Clergy because of this in 1650 He was brought in front of magistrates Gervase Bennett and Nathaniel Barton on a charge of blasphemy It was here The Quaker name was coined by the judge as they mocked that he bade them tremble at the word of the Lord later in 1652 he had a vision on Pendle Hill Place that had been the previous focus of famous witch trials decades earlier He began to travel and to teach and preach his message across the UK Europe and the colonies by 1680 there were 60,000 Quakers in the UK and an official crackdown by then was already underway from 1660 to to 1689 where many were tortured or whipped and pilloried like the famous James Naylor? During this time the Quakers began to move to Ireland in 1654 they had their first meeting and by 1657 they founded the town of Mount Melek and then ballot or in 1685 William pan himself the founder of the US state of pennsylvania was to move to America from Cork where he was a practicing Quaker in 1825 a major Quaker family called the good bodies Headed by Robert good body moved to an Irish town and in time bought out all of its mills At the time boats and wheat were used in these to make oatmeal and wheat flour Using the power of the local River the family created steam power which gave them a major advantage shortly later during the famine years the town was one of the only places to increase in population and the family at the time was known for their charity as the Goodbody family grew they built large local country houses One of these was the house be explore today built in 1860 at the house Robert was to marry twice and have five sons and a daughter Lydia The five sons were – found their own businesses. The sons photographed here left to right are marcus lewis Jonathan, Thomas and Robert James During Roberts years in charge They extended their focus to the production of jute to make sacks for their flour later with the coming of the railway in 1864 they open Factory employing new Scottish trainers to teach the weaving of linen Which was then used for the sacks In time the family employees swelled to eight hundred and they bought up and developed large areas of land creating cemeteries parks a meeting house and a gas factory After the death of Robert Markus became the local family head and later his son Godfrey Marcus Godfrey became friends with the Italian inventor guglielmo marconi Who carried out experiments? Funded by the family at the house Which led to his invention of the radio Telegraph system for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1909? The good bodies were unionists who believed being part of Britain would foster trade in their business over the years this proved ultimately false as Imports began to hurt their ability to sell flour and other products at this time two Wages increased and the large family had lost much of its ambition and was living the lifestyle of the rich in 1918 the steam mill burned in the 1920s while the family’s house was spared attack during the Irish Civil War It was sold by 1934 as the family’s fortunes had declined and their mill had closed under new owners The house was to become abandoned by the early 1990s Let’s see what the house looks like today The cold entrance beckons us inside Delicate plaster work and many carved wood surfaces. Adorn the entrance foyer In a first room the ceiling shows signs of water damage In the next tiles and fixtures suggest a kitchen possible A walkway above appears to be missing its bowel Street and the Sun streams in from a broken skylight Signs of damp are all over as our missing floorboards A steer leads down that we decide to explore later From the main red stair are a number of large airy rooms This room has a very cozy looking fireplace and follows the red theme of many of the rooms Out the window is a great view of the ornate limestone bay windows and balconies These Edwardian cast-iron fireplaces seem to be a recurring feature of the house We head up the narrow attic stairs This level seems more damaged and out the window can be seen the extent of the mansions larger complex The whole space is colored like a watermelon Missing slits on the roof suggest major water ingress issues to come A second yellow stare shows even more damage to the ceilings This large room seems like it could have been a master bedroom a mossy stair outside leads to areas below The strikingly unique blue window-shutters hold a star pattern The central walkway and skylight was meant to impress and suggests these were family bedrooms Most of the windows seem to lead to limestone balconies now blocked by jagged glass The number of colors on each of these walls show just how many times the house was redecorated or restored over the years Heading back down the stairs, we move towards the basement entrance we showed earlier As we descend into the lowest level, which is a remodeled basement. I would like to share with you The reason this very wholesome narrative of an industrious family was suddenly turned on its head and became something very unwholesome for me As we first came to the mansion A group of local teens had helped us enter and shared with me the fact that the house had in fact been more recently used as a monastery in fact the new owners the Franciscan Brotherhood bought the house in 1934 and expanded and altered it before they left it to decay in 1990 The brothers ran a boys boarding school here. The school is to become embroiled in scandal one of the brothers had used their position as a teacher and sports coach since the 1970s to sexually abuse many students until the very day It closed at 1990 in Lurid details of his trial students shared stories of the abuse and their repeated suicide attempts He insinuated himself into the family’s lives and was engaged in manipulative systemic premeditated repeated and sustained behaviors Having pled guilty to eleven counts He was sentenced to five years in prison and later released to the brothers care the teens I met said that his Popularly held that one of the boys did in fact hang themselves in this basement area. And that abuse was systemic in the school I looked for corroborating details of the death But it found none which is not surprising given the decades that have passed since the closing and just how little is available on this Monastery, in fact almost nothing exists publicly on the school including in its very own Church sources It’s almost as if it’s been scrubbed from view and I feel that this is the worst tragedy here at first I was not sure. I wanted to cover this chapter of the story But to me, it feels like there’s no justice in the silence that reigns here today The areas below are more newly renovated having been remodeled by the monks This room seems to have been a sort of kitchen and cafeteria plants grow through a broken window above a table Further in is this hallway in which the suicide was remembered to have happened? There’s nice We find a damaged wall that leads into a maze of small utility areas In a large room an empty stage sits at one end Of old wood stairs smash stained glass and a discarded Christmas tree in decorations litter the floor I’ve never At the top of the stair the later church edition still has the confessional booth A ramp leads back to the mansion from the church Oh Skippy Hall, especially like that Yeah He said they don’t like and I could see those stairs from We head outside to check the detached later editions The once manicured grounds are now overgrown by Nature Here were garage the handball court and student dorms lie empty They are gutted and Sibu have been used to stable horses more recently from the amount of dung present Far in the back is one of the early good Bonnie Mills and the extensive man-made canal system for the river This once-great house has sat empty for many years and was purchased finally in 2009 When plans were made and later dropped to create a hotel a nursing home and houses on the site the planning was struck down due to concerns for the alteration of the historically protected building and sewer access for the new structures ever since it’s sat empty with vague rumors of future been evasion as For the wholesome story of the good Bonnie’s their last local jute factory finally shut down in 1984 After having survived by expanding two continents synthetic fabrics however Despite this all in the end the family name known for its industry Oatmeal and flour was to become part of Ireland itself even today the only remaining 1800s Irish stock broking business Proudly bears their name and there are still some sixteen hundred Quakers living in Ireland to this day We’d like to give a special. Thank you to the local teens We met for helping us out and sharing the sometimes troubling story of this amazing place with us next time Join us as we explore the abandoned mansion That was the childhood home of the man who would bring an end to an era by defeating Napoleon Bonaparte until then Subscribe and explore with us today


  • Thank you all for watching. I hope you enjoy our first video as we head back to the Emerald Isle! The fisheye correction we have done should have cut the field of view but also removed most of the "curviness" at the edge of the video. We hope you enjoy the change. **DISCLAIMER*** It has been sometimes coming up in the comments that "this isn't the Quaker Oats mansion/family." I'm deleting these comments as the video states it isn't. This video is not about the brand, but is about a REAL family of Quakers who were famous and successful in Ireland for their oatmeal, oats and cereal grain milling. The Goodbody's story is one that is rarely told, and they deserve the attention. They spent much of their fortunes on the poor, and fed starving Irish people during the Famine, including Black '47.

  • Stepped off your channel for a few minutes this morning…. I forgot how many dumb idiots are out there!! Absolute idiots. I put your channel back on ..I felt I needed to cleanse myself… Lol

  • Can you please post the same video without the music? I would like to hear the natural sounds in the old houses.

  • We liked your video but I got to tell you the background noise really was quite irritating, like fingernails on a chalkboard I had to turn off the volume to maintain sanity.


  • boy they dont build them like that today. what a beautiful place. what a terrible loss.. such a shame.

  • I just don't understand why these houses are left to rot. Many companies would buy the tiles and woodwork and such to be put into or restore older homes (and new). Such a waste of workmanship almost unheard of today. On the other side, why don't they sell them? Even on the cheap just so they don't rot!

  • Look at the workmanship of those walls. Small strips of wood equally spaced and nailed to the frame, then plaster and paint. A lot of man-hours.

  • This house drips of irony…
    Built by Quakers who were trying to escape from the Catholics.
    Catholics abused Quakers.
    Then the house built by Quakers was bought by Catholics so they could abuse others… WOW… love the video! I wish they could save that home….

  • Thank you for such a well made video! This is such an interesting place that is in surprisingly good condition considering how long it has been empty for. The stair balustrades and hand rails seem to have been removed and not rotted. The missing floorboards look purposely removed for access…pipes, wiring, even to remove chandeliers? The floorboards look to be mainly OK.

    Certainly the place was very well built. How wretchedly sad the schoolchildren were so apallingly badly treated. The Quakers would have been most disturbed at the building being put to such use.

  • What a fantastic house it must have been at its conception! Loved the historic review and all the commentary. Well done!

  • Thoroughly enjoyable tour. Best film technique I've seen. I could not keep up with the room count!

  • Please dropped the music in the background. It is distracting I'm an otherwise very interesting video

  • Your voice and the music in the background would make an actual dump interesting to watch. Love these videos you post. Thank you for your amazing exploration and historical videos❤️

  • It’s such a shame that an awesome place like this was left to just ruin. There’s so many more too. Makes me sad.

  • All the gardens still look so lovely, so sad that this home was not preserved , this isn't the type of home you see everyday it was worth caring for.

  • Great channel and well setup. The research and stories behind it give your channel depth. Keep up the good work and thanks for the effort in making your vids!

  • I just found your channel. I appreciate the way this video is done! So much background history and professional feeling narration. Thank you!

  • William Penn was good friends with my ancestors Heinrich and Salome Zimmerman who were from Switzerland. Mr Penn and Heinrich went to Pennsylvania and settled what was then Germantown and is now Lancaster. At the advice of William Penn their names were changed to Henry and Maria Carpenter and I am a direct descendent of theirs. The next generation converted to Mormonism and traveled west with Brigham Young and settled in Monroe, Ohio.
    Just thought I would share as I always love to hear about people’s ancestors and how they came to America.
    We always knew we came from Germantown and thought we were German but after doing my own researching found we weren’t German at all but actually Swiss. Being Mormon helped me to trace my roots all the way back and I even found stories from that time and how they had to escape to get on a boat in the middle of the night and come to America with their two young boys. Love that kind history!

  • I knew one of the Goodbody's when I lived in NYC. I won't mention his first name here but he would be 73-75 now. He was a lazy, guitar-playing slacker who never worked and had no ambition so it was a good thing that his family had money from Wall Street. I suspect that he knows nothing of his family's history or this house; if he did, he never shared, although we were not good friends. Beautiful house in it's day, I'm sure.

  • Really enjoyed this video. So glad you do some research. Love hearing about the history. Your narration and photography are really professional. The music is eery though. Your videos are at the top of my watch list. Thank you

  • Wow, this place goes on forever. Beautiful in its day. Such a shame the horror and suffering that took place here. He only got 5 years for the loss of life and destruction he caused? Atrocious. Any and all that were a part of the abuse should have never seen the light of day. Poor children… Wherever the survivors are today I'm sorry justice wasn't served on earth but I'm sure the quilty are burning in hell for eternity…..

  • what a shame no one has brought it to actually live in the mansion,do it up one by one room clean up the outside then do something with the out buildings,flats /aptmnts could help homeless people – another out building could be a workshop etc,yes a big shame to see these lovely buildings rot ,some times heritage rules ruin chances of these buildings being saved.

  • I'm GLAD you corrected and explained regarding the error that this 'Estate' was owned by the "QUAKER OAT FAMILY"!!!! Now you need to correct the "TITLE"!!!! Personally, after hearing the EXTREMELY SAD STORY of the Monks, (And I'm Catholic) I feel the place should be BURNED TO THE GROUND and be made into a 'Potters Field!" Oh, and I knew Quaker's were, for the most part, very GIVING and LOVING people!!!!

  • Reminds me of the fallen splendor of Pompeii or Herculean. We seem as destined as the radiance of a just lit match to quickly sputter and die.

  • At around 20 min. in would that rectangle on the floor been a skylight? Such a beautiful house with a sad past

  • Looking at the home, it looks like the main part of the house has a whole lot more decay then the basement does. I wonder if they quit using that part of the mansion once they remodeled the basement.

  • Thanks for the insight into the origins of the Quakers. I never learned that in any of my history books. Especially about their belief we can connect directly to Source/All There Is without an intermediary. This is also taught in many other faiths. Also interesting to see how in just a few generations as the descendants grow less and less industrious and more indulgent the family fortunes dawdle away. Happens everywhere. Also beautiful footage! Wish we had videos like these when I was in school in the 70s and 80s!

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