Conservation Stradbally Hall, Stradbally

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Building Description:

Detached nine-bay two-storey over basement Georgian house, built in 1772. Extensively renovated, c. 1868, in Italianate-style with rear elevation converted to entrance front having tetrastyle Doric portico to centre. Four-bay two-storey over basement bachelor wing added to side and three-bay double-height pedimented arched loggia inserted to recess of former entrance front. Stable complex and group of detached gate lodges to site.

The Cosby Family have been at Stradbally Hall since the plantation of Laois and Offaly by Elizabeth I in 1556. The house was rebuilt several times with the Georgian house constructed in 1772 with three-bay advanced end bays and single-storey over basement canted bay windows. It was then extensively renovated, c.1868, by Charles Lanyon, in Italianate style with the rear elevation converted to seven-bays.

Brief Description of Project:

Over the last two generations the building has suffered water ingress, damaging the nationally important interiors. Previous work to remedy this commenced in 2008 and included re-slating of the roof, removal of defective render, repointing of brickwork in lime mortar, re-rendering in lime, repair of decorative corbels and repair of decorative flashing. Over the course of two years starting in 2014, the conservation of twelve chimneys took place towards which the Irish Georgian Society granted €5,000. In 2017, the Society pledged €6,000 to the most recent repairs--the repair and replacement of lead valley gutters on the roof of the structure.