Survey Data

Reg No

31212064


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social


Original Use

Church/chapel


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1870 - 1880


Coordinates

99839, 284435


Date Recorded

31/07/2008


Date Updated

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Description

Detached four-bay double-height gable-fronted Wesleyan Methodist church, opened 1875. In use, 1944. Sold, 1962. Resold, 1997. Renovated, 1998, with interior remodelled to accommodate alternative use. Pitched (gable-fronted) slate roof with clay ridge tiles, dragged cut-limestone "saddleback" coping to gable to entrance (north) front on drag edged dragged cut-limestone roll moulded gabled corbel kneelers with abbreviated finial to apex, and cast-iron rainwater goods on timber eaves boards on exposed timber rafters retaining cast-iron downpipes. Tuck pointed snecked rock faced limestone walls on dragged cut-limestone chamfered cushion course on plinth with drag edged rock faced cut-limestone stepped buttresses having drag edged dragged cut-limestone "slated" coping. Pointed-arch central door opening approached by flight of three dragged cut-limestone steps, drag edged dragged cut-limestone block-and-start surround having chamfered reveals with hood moulding over framing timber boarded or tongue-and-groove timber panelled double doors. Lancet flanking window openings, drag edged dragged cut-limestone block-and-start surrounds having chamfered reveals with hood mouldings over framing fixed-pane fittings. Pointed-arch window opening to gable with dragged cut-limestone mullions, and drag edged dragged cut-limestone block-and-start surround having chamfered reveals with hood moulding over framing fixed-pane fittings. Lancet window openings with drag edged dragged cut-limestone block-and-start surrounds framing fixed-pane fittings. Interior remodelled, 1998. Street fronted with concrete footpath to front having cut-limestone kerbing.

Appraisal

A church representing an integral component of the later nineteenth-century ecclesiastical heritage of Westport with the architectural value of the composition, one succeeding 'a plain, small structure [1791]' marked on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey (surveyed 1838; published 1839; Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1846 III, 521), confirmed by such attributes as the compact rectilinear "barn" plan form, aligned along a liturgically-incorrect axis; the robust rock faced surface finish offset by sheer limestone dressings not only demonstrating good quality workmanship, but also producing a pleasing palette; the slender profile of the openings underpinning a "medieval" Gothic theme; and the high pitched roofline. Having been well maintained, the elementary form and massing survive intact together with quantities of the original fabric, thereby upholding the character or integrity of a church making a picturesque visual statement overlooking the canalised Westport or Carrowbeg River.