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Abbeville House, Tipperary North
22400415
Front elevation.
Reg. No.22400415
Date1830 - 1850
Previous NameN/A
TownlandABBEVILLE
CountyTipperary North
Coordinates195574, 203510
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached multi-period three-bay three-storey house having single-bay single-storey flanking wing walls to east and west, built c. 1840, and with earlier, possibly seventeenth-century, three-bay three-storey rear return and with glazed porch to front. Slate roofs, hipped with overhanging eaves with moulded cut stone eaves course to main block, pitched and with cut stone eaves course to return. Rendered chimneystacks, one projecting from south gable and with cut stone chimney to rear wall of main block. Ruled-and-lined rendered main block and roughcast lime rendered to return. Single-storey wing walls have exposed stonework with round-headed opening, now blocked, to each. Timber sash windows throughout with stone sills, six-over-six pane flanking four-over-four pane windows to ground and first floors, two-over-two pane flanked by three-over-three pane windows to second floor and six-over-six pane to earlier return. Double round-headed traceried windows to central bay of front elevation, square-headed elsewhere and tripartite with engaged colonettes to end bays of front elevation. Timber panelled and geometrically-glazed front door in segmental-headed opening flanked by engaged clustered columns with elaborate cobweb fanlight above. Datestone "1773" on property. Substantial ranges of limestone outbuildings to south-east having pitched slate roofs and enclosed by high stone boundary walls. One range has cut stone voussoirs to openings and segemental and depressed-arch carriage arches. Entrance gateway has spearheaded cast-iron gates between dressed stone piers with moulded cut stone and domed caps.

Appraisal

An interesting example of an early nineteenth-century house with elaborate windows having carved engaged pilasters to the frames. The front door is similarly ornate and the majority of original glazing to the house survives intact. This nineteenth-century house dwarfs the earlier block to the rear and illustrates a change in fortunes for the owners and the remarkable change in architectural taste between the two periods of building. To the front of the building are the remains of extensive earthworks of a former canal and gardens.
 
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