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Project Title:

Houses on Market Square, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath


Private Client

Project Details:

This pair of early eighteenth-century houses has a striking presence in the Market Square of Kilbeggan. Their construction is unusual, having a trussed timber roof without rafters, slating in wet construction and internal walling of unfired clay-pan bricks, all rare examples of possibly improvised construction. The roof was restored from a state of near collapse, precarious chimney stacks were rebuilt and some internal stabilisation work was undertaken. The guiding principle was to preserve the technical interest of the unusual construction methods. Dendrochronological analysis of oak wall plates proved disappointingly inconclusive.


Sketch of slate layoutRoof and slate detail



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