Survey Data

Reg No

15504002


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic


Original Use

House


In Use As

House


Date

1827 - 1840


Coordinates

304611, 121019


Date Recorded

06/07/2005


Date Updated

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Description

Semi-detached two-bay two-storey house with half-dormer attic, extant 1840, on an L-shaped plan; single-bay (single-bay deep) two-storey return (west). Renovated, ----. One of a pair. Hipped fibre-cement slate roof on an L-shaped plan; pitched fibre-cement slate roof (west), clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stack having capping supporting terracotta or yellow terracotta octagonal pots with rendered chimney stack (west) having concrete capping supporting terracotta pots, and cast-iron rainwater goods on slightly overhanging slate flagged eaves retaining cast-iron downpipes. Roughcast wall to front (east) elevation; rendered, ruled and lined surface finish (remainder) with slate hung surface finish to rear (west) elevation. Segmental-headed door opening (north) with concealed dressings framing glazed timber panelled door having overlight. Square-headed window openings with cut-granite sills, and concealed dressings framing replacement uPVC casement windows replacing six-over-six timber sash windows. Paired square-headed window openings (west) with cut-granite sills, and concealed dressings framing replacement uPVC casement windows replacing six-over-six timber sash windows. Set back from line of street.

Appraisal

A house erected as one of a pair of houses (including 15504002) representing an integral component of the early nineteenth-century built heritage of Wexford with the architectural value of the composition, one occupied by a succession of distillers employed in the adjacent Bishop's Water Distillery (established 1827; sold 1912; closed 1914), suggested by such attributes as the compact plan form; and the diminishing in scale of the openings on each floor producing a graduated visual impression. Having been well maintained, the elementary form and massing survive intact together with quantities of the original fabric, both to the exterior and to the interior: however, the introduction of replacement fittings to most of the openings has not had a beneficial impact on the character or integrity of a house forming part of a self-contained ensemble making a pleasing visual statement in Distillery Lane.