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Rossbeg House originally Rossbeg, County Mayo
31211017
Representative view of house.
Reg. No.31211017
Date1700 - 1838
Previous NameN/A
TownlandROSSBEG
CountyCounty Mayo
Coordinates97591, 284131
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached four- or six-bay two-storey house, extant 1838, on a rectangular plan originally thatched[?]. Undergoing "restoration", 2008. Replacement pitched slate roof with ridge tiles, cement rendered chimney stacks centred on cement rendered chimney stack having stepped capping supporting yellow terracotta octagonal pots, and copper rainwater goods on cut-limestone eaves[?] retaining embossed hopper and downpipe with cast-iron rainwater goods to rear (south) elevation on timber eaves boards on exposed timber rafters. Roughcast battered wall to front (north) elevation bellcast over rendered plinth with rendered "bas-relief" strips to corners; cement rendered surface finish (remainder) over coursed random rubble stone construction. Square-headed window openings centred on paired square-headed window openings with drag edged dragged cut-limestone sills, and concealed dressings framing two-over-two timber sash windows having part exposed sash boxes. Interior including (ground floor): entrance hall retaining timber surrounds to door openings framing timber panelled doors; and timber surrounds to door openings to remainder framing timber panelled doors with timber panelled shutters to window openings. Set in landscaped grounds.

Appraisal

A house representing an interesting component of the domestic built heritage of the outskirts of Westport with the architectural value of the composition suggested by such attributes as the deliberate alignment maximising on scenic vistas overlooking an inlet of Westport Bay with Roman Island in the near distance; the rectilinear plan form; the battered silhouette; the disproportionate bias of solid to void in the massing compounded by the uniform or near-uniform proportions of the openings on each floor; and the high pitched roof plausibly originally showing a thatch finish. Having been reasonably well maintained, the elementary form and massing survive intact together with substantial quantities of the original or replicated fabric, both to the exterior and to the interior: an unfinished "restoration", however, may determine the ongoing architectural heritage status of a house having historic connections with the O'Malley family including Major Owen O'Malley JP (d. 1848) of Spencer Park, Castlebar (Slater 1846, 145).
 
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