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Rockfield House, County Westmeath
15400508
Front view.
Reg. No.15400508
Date1830 - 1850
Previous NameCromlyn House
TownlandCRUMLIN
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates229598, 265823
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC
RatingRegional
Original Usecountry house
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached three-bay two-storey over basement country house, built c.1840, having projecting single-bay flat-roofed entrance porch to the centre of the main façade (southeast) having cut limestone cornice over and a full-height shallow projecting bow to the rear end of the southwest elevation. Now in use as a private house. Shallow hipped natural slate roof having projecting eaves having eaves cornice and blocking course and with two ashlar limestone chimneystacks to the centre having terracotta chimney pots over. The staircase lit by central roof lantern. Roughcast rendered walls to ground and first floors over projecting pulvinated ashlar limestone string course. Smooth cement rendered walls to basement over coursed rubble limestone construction, exposed to front façade (southeast). Basement has base batter to the rear (northwest). Square-headed window openings having six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows having bracketed cornices over first floor openings. Paired four-over-four pane timber sliding sash windows to ground floor openings having iron security bars. Square-headed doorcase to porch having timber panelled door and evidence of earlier surround, now removed. Square-headed window openings to sides of porch (southwest and northeast) having timber sliding sashes with margin glazing bars. Set well back from road in extensive grounds with complex of outbuildings (15400509) to the west, possibly incorporating an earlier house.

Appraisal

An interesting essay in the classical tradition of the Morrisons, which retains its early form and character. This house is said to date to c.1795, yet does not appear on a map of the area c.1838, suggesting it was built shortly this date but in a form more reminiscent of an early nineteenth-century country house. This fine structure is well balanced and retains much of its early fabric. The elegant full-height shallow bow to the southwest is a particularly noteworthy feature that helps to distinguish this fine house. Tradition has it that this building was constructed by the Crawford Family in 1795, but this date probably refers to an earlier house that appears to be associated with the complex of outbuildings (15400509) to the west. Rockfield/Cromlyn House was the residence of a M. Crawford, Esq., in 1837.
 
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