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Ulster Bank, The Square, Castlepollard, County Westmeath
15302037
Front elevation (north).
Reg. No.15302037
Date1870 - 1890
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTOWNPARKS
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates246413, 270086
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usebank/financial institution
In Use Asbank/financial institution
Additional Usehouse
 
Description
Detached three-bay two-storey Regency Revival-style bank building, built c.1878. Modern single-bay single-storey flat-roofed extension attached to the east end. Pitched natural slate roof with wide overhanging bracketed eaves, cast-iron rainwater goods and with moulded cut limestone chimneystacks to either gable end having terracotta pots over. Ruled-and-line rendered walls over chamfered cut stone plinth with rusticated cut limestone quoins to corners. Moulded sill course at first floor level having a plain frieze below with 'Hand of Ulster' motifs to either end. Square-headed window openings with moulded stucco surrounds having keystones over, cut limestone sills and replacement windows to first floor openings. Square-headed window openings at ground floor level having cut stone sills, moulded architraved surrounds and replacement windows. Central square-headed doorway having timber panelled double-doors, plain overlight and with a projecting doorcase having moulded pilasters with console brackets supported cornice over. Doorway reached up flight of cut stone steps flanked to either side by cast-iron railings. Set back from road in own grounds and bounded on road-frontage by a low ashlar limestone plinth wall having cast-iron railings over. Three pairs of gate piers on square-plan having moulded capstones and supporting cast-iron gates gives access to site from the north. Located to the south side of The Square, adjacent to the Church of Ireland church (15302036).

Appraisal

A well-proportioned and dignified late nineteenth-century bank building, which retains its original form and most of its original fabric. This structure is distinguished by its symmetrical front façade, the vertical emphasis of the massing, the pronounced overhanging bracketed eaves and by the simple decorative features, which help to give this building a strong presence in the streetscape. The form and style of this bank compliments the prominently late-Georgian architecture surrounding The Square, Castlepollard. The 'Hand of Ulster' motifs to either end of the frieze indicates that this building was purpose built as the Ulster Bank. This structure is of social merit due to its continuing use as a financial institution. The bank is an important element of the streetscape, forming a feature building to the southwest corner of the village square.
 
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