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Pembrokestown House, County Waterford
22901713
Representative view of country house.
Reg. No.22901713
Date1800 - 1814
Previous NameN/A
TownlandGAULSTOWN
CountyCounty Waterford
Coordinates254484, 106176
Categories of Special InterestARTISTIC ARCHITECTURAL
RatingRegional
Original Usecountry house
In Use Ascountry house
 
Description
Detached five-bay single-storey double-pile over basement country house, extant 1814, on a rectangular plan; four-bay full-height rear (east) elevation. Occupied, 1901; 1911. Hipped slate roof on a U-shaped plan with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stacks having concrete capping supporting terracotta tapered pots, and cast-iron rainwater goods on "Bowtell"-detailed eaves boards on rendered slate flagged eaves retaining cast-iron downpipes. Rendered, ruled and lined walls on moulded cushion course on plinth with rendered panelled quoined piers to corners. Square-headed central door opening with concealed dressings framing timber panelled door having sidelights on panelled risers below overlight. Square-headed window openings with drag edged dragged cut-limestone sills, and moulded rendered surrounds framing six-over-six timber sash windows. Square-headed window openings to rear (east) elevation with drag edged dragged cut-limestone sills, and concealed dressings framing six-over-six timber sash windows. Interior including central hall with plasterwork cornice to ceiling; segmental-headed door opening into corridor with carved timber surround framing fanlight; and carved timber surrounds to door openings to remainder framing timber panelled doors with carved timber surrounds to window openings framing timber panelled shutters. Set in landscaped grounds.

Appraisal

A villa-like country house representing an important component of the domestic built heritage of County Waterford with the architectural value of the composition confirmed by such attributes as the deliberate alignment maximising on scenic vistas overlooking gently rolling grounds; and the compact rectilinear plan form centred on a restrained doorcase. Having been well maintained, the elementary form and massing survive intact together with substantial quantities of the original fabric, both to the exterior and to the interior where contemporary joinery; chimneypieces; and plasterwork refinements, all highlight the artistic potential of the composition. Furthermore, a bellcote-topped coach house-cum-stable outbuilding (----); and walled garden (----), all continue to contribute positively to the group and setting values of a self-contained estate having historic connections with the Power family including Patrick William Power (d. 1894) 'late of Pembrokestown County Waterford' (Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1894, 738); and Maurice Power (----), 'Farmer' (NA 1901; NA 1911).
 
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