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Clonmellon, County Westmeath
15306002
Front elevation from the north.
Reg. No.15306002
Date1800 - 1840
Previous NameN/A
TownlandCLONMELLON
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates264913, 268670
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
Additional Useshop/retail outlet
 
Description
Terraced four-bay two-storey house, built c.1820, incorporating an early shopfront to east end. Formerly the village Post Office (c.1914). Pitched artificial slate roof with rendered chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Pebbledashed walls over smooth plinth. Square-headed windows openings with cut stone sills and six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows to ground floor and one-over-one pane timber sliding sash windows to first floor. Square-headed doorcase to east with timber paneled double-doors. Shopfront to east has timber fascia with moulded timber pilasters and a fixed multipane timber window. Located on street frontage towards west end of village.

Appraisal

This attractive, if modest, terraced building retains much of its original character and a substantial proportion of its original fabric. Of particular importance is the survival of the simple early timber shopfront, which is of artistic interest. Shopfronts such as this example are becoming increasingly rare in Irish towns and villages today. This structure is of social importance due to its former use as the village post office. This structure, which almost has a vernacular appearance due to regular layout of fenestration, is an important component of the historic streetscape of Clonmellon.
 
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