Categories of Special Interest
Architectural, Historical, Scientific, Social
1810 - 1815
Detached five-bay two-storey market house, built 1813, on a rectangular plan with two-bay two-storey side elevations. Renovated. Now disused. Hipped slate roof on a T-shaped plan behind parapet centred on pitched (gabled) slate roof with lichen-covered clay ridge tiles, cement rendered chimney stacks having concrete or rendered capping supporting yellow terracotta tapered pots, and concealed rainwater goods retaining cast-iron octagonal or ogee hoppers and downpipes. Creeper- or ivy-covered replacement cement rendered wall to front (east) elevation on benchmark-inscribed cut-limestone chamfered plinth with cut-limestone stringcourse supporting parapet having cut-limestone coping centred on cut-limestone monolithic pediment; rendered, ruled and lined surface finish to side elevations with fine roughcast surface finish to rear (west) elevation over coursed rubble limestone construction. Square-headed central door opening with concealed dressings framing timber panelled door having overlight. Square-headed window openings with cut-limestone sills[?], and concealed dressings framing replacement uPVC casement windows. Interior including (ground floor): central hall retaining timber surrounds to door openings framing timber panelled doors; and timber surrounds to door openings to remainder framing timber panelled doors with timber panelled shutters to window openings. Set in unkempt grounds.
A market house erected by John Bourke (1766-1849), fourth Lord Mayo, regarded as an important component of the early nineteenth-century built heritage of Naas with the architectural value of the composition suggested by such attributes as the compact rectilinear plan form centred on a featureless doorcase; the uniform or near-uniform proportions of the openings on each floor; and the monolithic pediment embellishing the roofline: meanwhile, feint fissures at street level, previously an elegant arcade, clearly illustrate the later reconstruction or redevelopment of the market house. A prolonged period of neglect notwithstanding, the elementary form and massing survive intact together with quantities of the historic or original fabric, both to the exterior and to the interior: the introduction of replacement fittings to the openings, however, has not had a beneficial impact on the character or integrity of a market house making a pleasing, if increasingly forlorn visual statement overlooking the Grand Canal basin.