Drawings

At this time, we have only one drawing available. Additional drawings will be added soon.

Drawing One

Pacata Hibernia map Youghal circa 1587, from Orme 1966

The narrow west elevation of the tower houses fronts onto North Main Street and shows the greatest amount of alteration. The elevation is 15.05 m in height and 8.4 m in width including batter at the base; the wall comes outward in a base batter from a height of 1.5 m. The prominent features include the three large openings with their respective segmental brick arches that break the elevation at ground, first and second floor levels and the box machicolation at parapet level. The box machicolation projects from the face of the structure at parapet level and is supported by two large projecting stones.

It is constructed of four large rectangular slabs set on edge and several other smaller stones, all of which slope out and downwards to create the projection. The placing of the box machicolation in an off-centre position, towards the south, suggests that the original door to the tower house was off-centre. The battlement parapet wall tops this elevation and has two crenellations constructed in the 'crow-step' style; these may have been a rebuild in the past (see Noonan and Kelly 1998). The tops of the crenellations have been rebedded as part of the recent conservation works. A line of six projecting spouts, servicing roughly squared drains, of various sizes and stages of survival are present at the same level as the machicolation.

These features are part of the original water management for the roof structure of the tower house. Approximately 7 m of the quoins on either side of this elevation have been replaced as part of the earlier programme of works. A large quoin stone in the batter of the northwest corner has also been replaced and can be seen in this elevation. The lower part of the south end of the elevation is covered with the concrete surrounding of the doorway (D2) of the bouncing property.

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