Survey Data

Reg No

13901916


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic, Historical


Original Use

Country house


In Use As

Country house


Date

1795 - 1800


Coordinates

311771, 285330


Date Recorded

21/07/2005


Date Updated

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Description

Detached four-bay two-storey over basement house, built 1799. Originally three-bay, single-bay extension to south, single-storey basement extension to centre east surmounted by first floor gabled conservatory built 2005. Pitched slate roof, clay ridge tiles, unpainted smooth rendered ruled-and-lined corbelled chimneystacks, moulded cast-iron gutters on corbelled eaves, uPVC downpipes. Unpainted roughcast rendered walling, smooth rendered quoins, smooth rendered plinth, rubble stone walling to east extension. Square-headed window openings, stop-chamfered smooth rendered surrounds, tooled limestone sills, painted timber six-over-six sliding sash windows, uPVC casements to basement and extensions. Round-headed door opening, painted smooth rendered surround with prominent keystone, painted timber engaged Doric columns flank entrance supporting frieze and cornice, fanlight with intersecting glazing bars, painted timber door with four bolection-moulded panels, accessed by flight of rendered steps bridging basement area, steps flanked by curving wrought-iron balustrade. Set in extensive grounds, gravelled forecourt, lawns; single-storey outbuildings to south and south-west, pitched corrugated-iron and slate roofs, roughcast and painted rubble stone walling; unpainted smooth rendered ruled-and-lined entrance gate screen, square gate piers with shallow pyramidal caps, mild steel gates.

Appraisal

Walshestown House was built for Nicholas Markey, a good friend and election agent of Daniel O'Connell. The house itself is typical of a mid-size country house, its proportion and form exemplify the period's architecture as does the elegant round-headed door opening with its simple doorcase. Not only is Walshestown House a significant structure with historical interest it also has architectural value and makes a positive contribution to the architectural heritage of County Louth.