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Have It My Way

About 30 miles from Belfast, Northern Ireland, close to the shore of Strangford Lough, is a stately home that tourists can visit called Castleward. The house was built in the 1760s, and its original owners were Bernard Ward, the first Viscount of Bangor, and his wife, Lady Anne.

One of the most striking features of the house is it displays two quite different styles of architecture. The rear of the house is built in Gothic style, while the front is neo-classical.

Why the different styles? Because Bernard and Lady Anne could not agree. In fact, not only did they differ in their architectural preferences, they apparently had other differences, because Lady Anne eventually walked out of the marriage.

Depending on your point of view, the house is either a celebration of diversity or a monument to stubbornness.

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