Survey Data

Reg No

22303058


Rating

National


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Archaeological Historical Social


Original Use

House


In Use As

Heritage centre/interpretative centre


Date

1725 - 1735


Coordinates

213640, 189292


Date Recorded

20/08/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Detached nine-bay three-storey over basement town house, built c.1730, with later five-bay two-storey U-plan wing to southwest. Formerly part of military barracks. Now in use as heritage centre. Hipped artificial slate roofs with rendered chimneystacks to main block and brick to wing. Rubble sandstone walls with carved sandstone plinth and cornice. Replacement timber sliding sash windows, six-over-six pane to basement and nine-over-nine pane elsewhere, with raised dressed stone surrounds and stone sills in square-headed openings. Replacement timber windows, stone sills and voussoirs to wing. Timber panelled door with paned over-light, flanked by carved stone Corinthian pilasters, with architrave, frieze and cornice with broken scroll pediment above, approached by flight of limestone steps. Round-headed doorcase to wing, with carved stone block-and-start surround and fanlight.

Appraisal

This imposing eighteenth-century house was clearly designed by a skilled architect. The masonry was executed by skilled craftsmen, which is apparent from the finish of the stonework. The fine doorcase adds artistic interest to the fa├žade while the retention of features such as timber sash windows and timber panelled doors further enhances the building. It forms part of a complex with Roscrea Castle and its related buildings and its grounds include an impressive garden with fountain.