Survey Data

Reg No

15000331


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic, Historical, Social


Original Use

Coaching inn


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1700 - 1750


Coordinates

203891, 241372


Date Recorded

06/09/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced three-bay two-storey former coaching inn, built c.1725, possibly containing the fabric of earlier buildings. Now divided into two separate commercial premises with accommodation over. Originally a two-storey building but second floor added at a subsequent date. Low pitched slate roof with brick chimneystacks to either end. Rendered walls with widely-spaced square-headed window openings having cut stone sills and replacement windows. Two modern shopfronts to ground floor with modern square-headed doorcases. Sean's Bar fa├žade (south) has four fluted Ionic columns which were moved here from Gills Bookshop, O'Connell St. Dublin, c.1980. Road-fronted.

Appraisal

An important and interesting building that may be of considerable antiquity. It was originally two floors in height but a third floor in brick was added later, probably during the first half of the nineteenth century. During renovations, c.1970, sections of wattle and mud partitions, possibly of seventeenth century date, were discovered on the first floor. The thick walls and the low floor to ceiling height is also indicative of an early date. The long narrow property boundaries to the rear may be the survival of medieval burgage plots. This building is reputedly one of the oldest inns in the country and was known as 'The Three Blackamoor Heads' in a 1738 rental survey. One of its early owners reputedly ran the first Athlone to Dublin coach service in the late 1730s. This building retains its character and is of great importance to the historic streetscape of Athlone.