Thursday, July 28, 2011

Switched Plans (Dungannon, Ireland)

The Irish Post
27 July 2011

Dungannon’s architectural delight

By Malcolm Rogers

[...] At the turn of the century, before the British left India, a department of the civil service was employed to furnish plans for municipal buildings throughout the Empire. At one point the department was simultaneously working on plans for both a fort for the Khyber Pass and a police station for Dungannon. Somehow the plans got mixed up, and the Indian fort ended up in Co. Tyrone where it stands to this day. Moreover, somewhere in the vast expanse of the frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan there sits a lonely RUC barracks. [...]