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Myrtle Grove, Church Street, Youghal, County Cork
20823028
South elevation.
Reg. No.20823028
Date1540 - 1560
Previous NameN/A
TownlandYOUGHAL-LANDS
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates210184, 78111
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingNational
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached triple-gabled six-bay three-storey house, built c. 1550, having porch-oriel to front and dormer windows to rear. Oriel window to south elevation. Pitched slate roof with rendered chimneystacks. Roughcast render over rubble sandstone masonry walls. Rendered pediment to oriel over porch. Square-headed openings having sash windows to gables, second floor, and bipartite sash windows to first and ground floors. Round-headed opening to oriel over porch flanked by four-over-four pane timber sliding sash windows. Oriel window to south having six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows. Round-headed window to rear with spoked fanlight. Round-headed door opening to porch. Two-storey outbuilding to south having oriel window to south elevation. Pitched slate roof with weather vane and rendered chimneystacks. Roughcast render over rubble sandstone masonry walls. Square-headed openings having casement windows. Casement windows and metal roof to oriel. Pair of square-profile rendered piers with double leaf timber gates and pedestrian entrance to west.

Appraisal

Traditionally the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, a former Mayor of Youghal, this house is a rare example of an unfortified sixteenth century Irish house to have survived with much of its original form intact. The house was renovated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries yet it retains its original character and some interior features, which may date back to the 1580s. The building's Tudor features are characterized by the steep gables and tall chimneys. There are many legends associated with the house, it is purported that the first potatoes in Ireland were planted in the gardens of Myrtle Grove, and it is possible that the house witnessed the beginning of tobacco smoking in Ireland. The poet Edmund Spenser, a contemporary of Raleigh's, is said to have been inspired to write the "Faerie Queen" while looking out the window of Myrtle Grove.
 
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