Portway House – A History

Portway House was built circa 1740. It was originally called ‘The Cottage’ when Portway was known as ‘Hangman’s Lane’. During its history, rooms at Portway House have been used by convalescing soldiers from the First World War and also as dormitory accommodation for the former St. Mary’s School.

Subsequently a Dr. Dawson ran a medical practice here until Mr. G.D. Leahy turned it into a dental surgery in 1938. Mr. W.D.V. Ryan bought Portway House in 1953, building up the large and successful Portway Dental Practice that we know today.

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