Baltinglass - The Town

The poorest type of cabin, mud or rubble walls, a sod or thatch roof, but no chimney or windows. One, or at most two rooms.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre
A better built, but still basic cabin. Rubble walls and a thatch roof with rough render and limewash finish. Two to three windows.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre
Two storey development of the cabin, giving sleeping accommodation upstairs. More space than before but dark and cramped.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre
A stone and mortar-built merchants' house and shop with a nap render finish and slate roof. The better quality structure allows for larger windows. Goods for sale can now be displayed.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre
A public building, such as a barracks would be of substantial construction, using cut stone and some simple carving. Rooms would be high-ceilinged and spacious rather than comfortable.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre
The Courthouse is the most impressive building in the town - deliberately so - to keep the general population aware of the power of the establishment. This is emphasised by the rather severe style and dark wood panelled material interior.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre

Baltinglass in 1840 contained a great variety of building types. Domestic and commercial properties were complimented by large well-built official buildings – a barracks; a fever hospital, one mile out the Kiltegan Road; and the substantial courthouse next to the building housing this exhibition. These buildings reflected an increased desire on the part of the English administration in Ireland to control, and at the same time to improve, the perilous situation of the ordinary Irish Catholic.

 

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