Survey Data

Reg No

21812005


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Social


Original Use

Market house


Date

1750 - 1770


Coordinates

168039, 123026


Date Recorded

08/10/2007


Date Updated

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Description

End-of-terrace three-bay two-storey former market house, built c. 1760. Now disused. Cut sandstone walls to front (north) having sandstone platband, rubble sandstone walls with cast-iron patris plates to west and rear (south) elevations. Round-headed openings to front and west elevations having cut sandstone voussoirs and impost courses, now blocked up. External sandstone staircase to rear having rendered coping. Rubble sandstone boundary walls to rear having rendered copings.

Appraisal

This former market house once formed the centre of commercial, social and historical activity in Kilfinnane. Courts were held here to deal with legal and land ownership issues. Fairs and Tuesday markets were held until the twentieth century. The founder of the Methodist Church, Reverend John Wesley, preached here on several occasions between 1765 and 1789. He was invited by a family of Protestants from the Rhine who had settled in the area. Despite the building's current ruinous state, it retains material evidence of its formerly imposing and impressive sandstone arcaded fa├žade and makes an important contribution to the streetscape.