Survey Data

Reg No

15704615


Date

1700 - 1840


Townland

CULLENSTOWN (BAR. BY.)


County

County Wexford


Coordinates

287320, 107894


Description

Detached five-bay single-storey lobby entry thatched farmhouse, extant 1840, on a rectangular plan centred on single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting porch. Reroofed, 2006. Chicken wire-covered replacement hipped or hipped gabled oat thatch roof with rope twist above exposed hazel lattice stretchers to ridge having exposed scallops, shell-encrusted rendered central chimney stack having shell-encrusted rendered capping supporting terracotta pots, and exposed hazel stretchers to eaves having exposed scallops. Shell-encrusted rendered battered walls with shell-encrusted strips to corners. Square-headed central door opening into farmhouse. Square-headed flanking window openings with concrete sills, and shell-encrusted surrounds framing timber casement windows replacing two-over-two timber sash windows having part exposed sash boxes. Set back from line of road with shell-encrusted rendered piers to perimeter having ball finial-topped shell-encrusted shallow pyramidal capping supporting timber gate.

Appraisal

A farmhouse identified as an important component of the vernacular heritage of south County Wexford by such attributes as the rectilinear lobby entry plan form; the construction in unrefined local fieldstone displaying a battered silhouette with sections of "daub" or mud suggested by an entry in the "House and Building Return" Form of the National Census (NA 1901; NA 1911); the somewhat disproportionate bias of solid to void in the massing; and the high pitched roof showing an oat thatch finish replenished with the financial assistance of a grant (2006) from The Heritage Council. 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 eye-catching Folk Art-like shell work 'designed and crafted [by] KEVIN L. FFRENCH [1921-2003]'. Furthermore, adjacent outbuildings (----) continue to contribute positively to the group and setting values of a self-contained ensemble making a picturesque visual statement overlooking Ballyteige Bay.