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The Old Workhouse, County Meath
14404403
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Reg. No.14404403
Date1835 - 1845
Previous NameN/A
TownlandBALLINLOUGH
CountyCounty Meath
Coordinates297858, 250423
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Useworkhouse administration block
In Use Asguest house/b&b
 
Description
Detached dressed stone former workhouse master's house, built c.1840, now in use as guest house. Comprising an eight-bay two-storey range, with an advanced gable-fronted single-bay three-storey block attached to the north. Single-storey extensions to rear. Pitched slate roofs with brick chimneystacks, carved timber barge boards, and cast-iron rainwater goods. Limestone ashlar string courses, door surround, and dressings to openings. Some cast-iron diamond paned windows to three-storey block. Limestone ashlar gate piers. Remains of outbuilding to site.

Appraisal

This workhouse master's house serves as a reminder of the work of the Poor Law Unions in housing and caring for the destitute of Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. The workhouses were built throughout Ireland to similar plans but on different scales to the designs of George Wilkinson following the passing of the Poor Relief (Ireland) Act in 1838. The survival of many original features and materials enhance the architectural form of the building.
 
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