Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Historical, Social

Previous Name

St. Matthias' Home for Aged Females

Original Use


In Use As

Apartment/flat (converted)


1875 - 1880


316144, 232725

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Detached three-bay three-storey former women’s charitable institution, dated 1879, having projecting end bay to front (west) elevation. Now in use as apartments. Hipped slate roof with terracotta ridge tiles and ridge cresting, red brick chimneystacks, cast-iron rainwater goods and gables, some having ball finials and timber bargeboards on carved timber brackets. Red brick, laid in Flemish bond, to walls to front, north and south elevations. Stepped brick panels to apices of gables to front, cogged brick stringcourses, carved brick cornice with moulded terracotta consoles, inscribed limestone plaque over door to front reading 'St. Matthias's Home Erected 1879 Revd. Fred R. Wynne, Incumbent'. Carved terracotta plinth course. Coursed rubble limestone walls to side (north and south) elevations Square-headed window openings with terracotta sills on moulded brackets, carved brick surrounds, and mixed four-over-two pane timber sliding sash and replacement windows. Round-headed opening with recessed square-headed doorway having double-leaf timber panelled door, granite step, tiled porch floor. Wrought-iron double-leaf gate with cast-iron collars flanked by round-headed panels having anthemion finials, matching railings set on red brick plinth wall with carved granite coping.


The façade of this building is enlivened by its decorative brickwork and breakfront. The high asymmetrical gables give an imposing quality while the large entrance porch reflects its institutional nature. Designed by James Hargrave Bridgford, the building was known as St. Matthias’s Widows’ Almhouse. It provided accommodation and care for Protestant women. Anglican priest and later Bishop of Killaloe Frederick Wynne was the resident chaplain from 1874-93. Barrett (1884) notes that the home was being expanded at that time.