The present structure of Crom Castle was built in 1820 and, although Queen Victoria's reign began in 1837, the building was built in the Victorian style and has since been the home to the Creighton (later Crichton) family, Earls of Erne.
Crom Estate also contains the ruins of the Old Castle, a tower house, which was previously owned by the Balfour family until the Creightons acquired it in 1609.
The castle is privately owned by the Creighton family, Earls of Erne, and the estate is managed by the National Trust.
The estate includes many features of times past including the old farmyard and visitors centre, The boathouse, once the home of Lough Erne Yacht Club, the tea house, the church, schoolhouse, etc. Guests are able to use the west wing for weddings, or to stay in the West Wing of Crom Castle on weekly or long weekend basis.References:
Goryōkaku (五稜郭) (literally, 'five-point fort') is a star fort in the Japanese city of Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido. The fortress was completed in 1866. It was the main fortress of the short-lived Republic of Ezo.
Goryōkaku was designed in 1855 by Takeda Ayasaburō and Jules Brunet. Their plans was based on the work of the French architect Vauban. The fortress was completed in 1866, two years before the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is shaped like a five-pointed star. This allowed for greater numbers of gun emplacements on its walls than a traditional Japanese fortress, and reduced the number of blind spots where a cannon could not fire.
The fort was built by the Tokugawa shogunate to protect the Tsugaru Strait against a possible invasion by the Meiji government.
Goryōkaku is famous as the site of the last battle of the Boshin War.