THATCHED HOUSE -HENRY STREET IN GALWAY
About ten years ago many people were complaining about the condition of this thatched house. However, when I photographed it on Tuesday it appeared to be in an acceptable condition but I have a feeling that it is unoccupied.
No 9 is a protected structure dating from the late 18th/early 19th century. It is thought to represent the kind of house which many working-class residents of the area lived in at that time. Many Galwegians fondly remember the house as Lydon’s shop, where Mrs Lydon sold milk and penny sweets.
Description: Attached two-storey house, built c.1800, having two-bay first and three-bay ground floors. Pitched reed thatched roof, having rendered and brick chimneystacks and rendered eaves course. Colour-washed rendered walls with rendered plinth. Square-headed window openings having painted stone sills and mainly timber sliding sash windows, three-over-six and six-over-six pane to first floor and two-over-two pane and replacement fixed timber display window with iron window bars to ground floor. Square-headed door opening with timber panelled door.
Appraisal: With its thatched roof, this attractive house is a striking component of this ever-changing streetscape. The irregular fenestration and the retention of varied timber sash windows enlivens the otherwise simple façade. Vernacular buildings such as this one are becoming very rare in a city that was formerly renowned for its vernacular heritage and this adds considerable importance to this structure.