Main Record - County Louth
|Louth County Archives Service, The Crescent, Ardee Road, Dundalk, County Louth
|Date||1845 - 1855|
|Previous Name||Dundalk Gaol|
|Townland||TOWNPARKS (Upper Dundalk By.)|
|Categories of Special Interest||ARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL|
|In Use As||office|| |
Detached thirteen-bay two-storey over basement stone former gaol, built c. 1850. Now in use as civic offices. Rectangular-plan with square-plan full-height tower to south-east. Pitched slate roof, (pyramidal to tower), clay ridge tiles, stone corbelled chimneystack with tooled limestone quoins and string course, tooled limestone verge coping, rooflights, moulded cast-iron gutters on limestone corbelled eaves course, circular cast-iron downpipes. Square-and-snecked limestone and sandstone walling, tooled limestone quoins and string course. Segmental-headed window openings, block-and-start red brick jambs, brick lintels with chamfered soffits, granite sills, painted timber fixed light windows, wrought-iron bars; painted six-over-six timber sliding sash window and round-headed window with three-over-six sliding sash window and fanlight to south. Segmental-headed door openings, block-and-start red brick jambs, brick lintels with chamfered soffits, painted timber vertically-sheeted door, timber door to west door, overlights. Part of former complex with buildings to west, east and south.
Hidden from the street by tall walls, this former gaol building is a valuable and interesting piece of social history. Part of a complex of four buildings, its situation, radiating with its twin to the north, from the axis of the east main building signifies the quality of its design. Retaining much original fabric, it stands as a memento of nineteenth-century penal building.
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