Survey Data

Reg No

16322035


Date

1740 - 1780


Townland

ARKLOW


County

County Wicklow


Coordinates

324534, 173459


Description

Terraced five-bay three-storey house, built c.1760, with shopfront insertion of c.1900. The fa├žade is in brick with a granite base course, granite 'quoins' to the shopfront, and painted stone surrounds to the other ground floor openings, whilst the exposed section of the gabled east elevation is rendered. The pitched roof is slated and has brick chimneystacks. The centrally positioned entrance consists of a panelled timber door with semi-circular fanlight with 'spider web' tracery, all encased with a Gibbsian painted stone surround. Windows are flat-headed and have six over six timber sash frames, with replacement timber casement frames to the smaller second floor windows, and painted stone sills to all. The ground floor windows each have a decorative cast-iron cheval-de-frise. The shopfront is to the east-side and consists of a recessed double door with acid-etched glazing, flanked by large curving shop windows, with the whole ensemble encased with panelled pilasters with decorative brackets and a replacement signboard of c.1990. Cast-iron rainwater goods. The building has a street frontage.

Appraisal

In terms of age, scale and condition, this mid to later 18th-century house is one of the most impressive buildings within the whole of Arklow, and arguably Main Street's greatest asset. The shopfront is of course later, however it is a fine piece of Edwardian architecture in its own right.