Survey Data

Reg No

12402111


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Historical Social


Original Use

Farm house


In Use As

Farm house


Date

1700 - 1767


Coordinates

265117, 158114


Date Recorded

14/10/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Detached three-bay (two-bay deep) two-storey over basement farmhouse, extant 1767, on a square plan centred on single-bay single-storey gabled projecting glazed porch to ground floor; three-bay two-storey rear (south) elevation. Vacant, 1829. Occupied, 1901; 1911. Hipped slate roof on a U-shaped plan with roll moulded clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stacks on axis with ridge having stepped capping supporting terracotta pots, and cast-iron rainwater goods on cut-granite eaves retaining cast-iron downpipes. Part creeper- or ivy-covered roughcast walls bellcast on rendered plinth with rendered flush strips to corners; rendered, ruled and lined surface finish (south). "Venetian Door" approached by flight of four cut-granite steps, cut-granite doorcase with archivolt centred on double keystone framing timber panelled door having overlight with fixed-pane sidelights. "Venetian Window" (first floor) with cut-granite sill, timber mullions, and concealed dressings framing three-over-three timber sash window without horns having sidelights. Square-headed window openings with cut-granite sills, and concealed dressings framing one-over-one (ground floor) or three-over-six (first floor) timber sash windows without horns having part exposed sash boxes. Square-headed window openings to side (east) elevation with cut-granite sills, and concealed dressings framing six-over-six (ground floor) or three-over-six (first floor) timber sash windows without horns having part exposed sash boxes. Square-headed window openings to side (west) elevation with cut-granite sills, and concealed dressings framing three-over-three (basement) or one-over-one (remainder) timber sash windows without horns having part exposed sash boxes. Series of three square-headed door openings (south) with rosette-detailed moulded rendered surrounds framing glazed double doors having overlights. Square-headed window openings (first floor) with cut-granite sills, and rosette-detailed moulded rendered surrounds framing one-over-one timber sash windows. Interior including (ground floor): central hall retaining carved timber lugged surrounds to door openings framing timber panelled doors, and plasterwork cornice to ceiling; segmental-headed opening into staircase hall with Classical-style surround; staircase hall retaining staircase on a dog leg plan with turned timber balusters supporting carved timber banister, carved timber lugged surrounds to door openings to landing framing timber panelled doors, and moulded plasterwork cornice to ceiling; reception room (north-east) retaining carved timber lugged surround to door opening framing timber panelled door with carved timber surround to window opening framing timber panelled shutters; reception room (north-west) retaining carved timber lugged surround to door opening framing timber panelled door with carved timber surround to window opening framing timber panelled shutters, corner chimneypiece, and plasterwork cornice to ceiling; drawing room (south-east) retaining carved timber lugged surrounds to door openings framing timber panelled doors with carved timber surrounds to window openings framing timber panelled shutters, and plasterwork cornice to ceiling; sitting room (south-west) retaining carved timber lugged surrounds to door openings framing timber panelled doors with carved timber surrounds to window openings framing timber panelled shutters, and plasterwork cornice to ceiling; and carved timber surrounds to door openings to remainder framing timber panelled doors with carved timber surrounds to window openings framing timber panelled shutters. Set in landscaped grounds with piers to perimeter having capping supporting spear head-detailed wrought iron double gates.

Appraisal

A farmhouse representing an important component of the mid eighteenth-century domestic built heritage of County Kilkenny with the architectural value of the composition, one annotated as "Mt. Roth [of] Mrs. Roth" by Taylor and Skinner (1778 pl.118), confirmed by such attributes as the deliberate alignment maximising on scenic vistas overlooking gently rolling grounds; the compact square plan form centred on a Classically-detailed doorcase demonstrating good quality workmanship in a silver-grey granite, albeit one partly concealed behind a later porch; and the somewhat disproportionate bias of solid to void in the massing compounded by the diminishing in scale of the centralised openings on each floor producing a graduated visual impression. Having been well maintained, the elementary form and massing survive intact together with substantial quantities of the original fabric, both to the exterior and to the interior, including crown or cylinder glazing panels in hornless sash frames: meanwhile, contemporary joinery; restrained chimneypieces; and sleek plasterwork refinements, all highlight the artistic potential of the composition. Furthermore, an adjacent farmyard complex (see 12402121) continues to contribute positively to the group and setting values of a self-contained estate having historic connections with the Rothe family including George Rothe (d. 1846) 'late of Salisbury and of Mount Rothe [sic] Kilkenny' (The Gentleman's Magazine 1846, 559); William Barton (d. 1823) 'of Mount Rothe [sic] County Kilkenny [who died] at a very advanced age' (Connaught Journal 1st May 1823); Sir Thomas McKenny (d. 1849), one-time Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin (fl. 1819; Lewis 1837 II, 179); Philip Brennan (d. 1868) 'late of Mount Rothe [sic] County Kilkenny' (Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1868, 39); and Edward Joseph Murphy (d. 1904), 'Farmer and Accountant late of Mountrothe County Kilkenny' (Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1905, 321).