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L. Claffey Butchers, Main Street, Kilbeggan, County Westmeath
15321019
Front façade with integral arch facing north.
Reg. No.15321019
Date1800 - 1830
Previous NameN/A
TownlandKILBEGGAN
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates233370, 235444
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
Additional Useshop/retail outlet
 
Description
Terraced three-bay three-storey house, built c.1815, with integral carriage arch to east end. Shopfront added to ground floor, c.1950. Pitched artificial slate roof with rendered chimneystack to west end and cast-iron rainwater goods. Pebbledashed walls with moulded eaves cornice. Square-headed window openings with stone sills and replacement casement windows. Tiled mosaic shopfront to ground floor with fixed square-headed windows and square-headed doorcase. Mosaic pattern depicts animal heads to either side of opening and spells out 'L Claffey' to fascia. Integral carriage arch gives access to rear of site. Road-fronted.

Appraisal

A handsome and substantial terraced building which retains its early form and character. This house represents a good example of the many middle-sized dwellings built by the prosperous merchant class of Kilbeggan during the late eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. The later tiled mosaic shopfront is an interesting example of its type and is of artistic merit. It is one of a number of similar tiled shopfronts in Kilbeggan, suggesting that these were the work of a local firm or craftsman. This substantial structure remains and important feature of the historic streetscape.
 
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