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County Westmeath
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Reg. No.15403825
Date1780 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates236976, 235871
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
Detached three-bay single-storey thatched house, built c.1800, having a single-bay flat-roofed entrance porch to the centre of the front façade (south ) and single-bay single-storey outbuildings attached to either gable end (east and west). Pitched thatched roof with decorative ropework to ridge and having a pair of rendered chimneystacks to the centre. Pitched corrugated metal roofs to outbuildings. Roughcast rendered walls with square-headed window openings having two-over-two pane timber sliding sash windows and cut stone sills. Square-headed doorway to front face of porch (south) having replacement timber sheeted door. Set back from road in own grounds with forecourt to the south having a cast-iron water pump. Single-storey outbuilding to the southwest of the house. Located to the east of Kilbeggan and the west of Tyrrellspass adjacent to the main Dublin to Galway road.


A picturesque and well-maintained thatched house, which retains its early form, character and fabric. The position of the chimneystacks and the doorway suggests that this building has a lobby entry plan. Of particular importance is the retention of the thatched roof. Houses of this type once a very common feature of the Irish countryside but have becoming increasingly rare in recent times, making this a valuable and important survival. This building is a worthy addition to the vernacular heritage of Westmeath and is an appealing feature along the main road between Kilbeggan and Tyrrellspass. The single-storey outbuildings and the cast-iron water pump add to this composition and complete the setting.
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