Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Finnebrogue House

I'm delighted to learn that Finnebrogue House, near Downpatrick, County Down, has been fully restored.

Cordial congratulations to the owner for such an admirable undertaking.

This is an important country house, originally dating from the mid to later 17th century; but extensively remodelled internally, and to a lesser extent, externally, in the 1790s, with some changes to the rear in ca 1880s; largely cleared away in the 1930s.

The building is roughly H-shaped, with a recessed central entrance section and projecting side wings.

The central portion contains two floors; whereas the wings have three.

The attic level (and dormer windows) to the centre was removed in the 1790s to permit the heightening of the first floor rooms.

The walls are rough-casted, the roof slated; almost all windows Georgian-paned sashes, and the remaining tall prominent chimney-stacks rendered.

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