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Ballykerran, County Westmeath
15402920
General view of façade (west).
Reg. No.15402920
Date1800 - 1840
Previous NameN/A
TownlandBALLYKEERAN
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates207380, 244087
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached four-bay single-storey vernacular house, built c.1820. Pitched thatched roof with decorated ridge work, raised rendered verges to either end (north and south) and two central rendered chimneystacks. Whitewashed rubble stone walls with square-headed window openings having two-over-two pane timber sliding sash windows. Square-headed doorcase having replacement timber glazed half-door. Set back from road with whitewashed rubble stone boundary wall to the west. Located to the south of Ballykerran.

Appraisal

A highly appealing example of a thatched vernacular house, which retains its early form, character and fabric. Buildings of this type were once very numerous in the Irish countryside. However, they are now becoming increasing rare making this example an important survival. This building, along with its thatched neighbour to the west (15402921), adds a picturesque element to the landscape to the south of Ballykerran and is a notable addition to the vernacular heritage of Westmeath. The attractive whitewashed boundary walls adds to the setting of this pleasing composition.
 
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