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Lol. I was very precise about 19th century alterations, so shall not get drawn in on that one.

I concede the above scene paints an interesting picture. My explanation – and I’m being neither fesecious or desperate – is that a simple red colourwash was applied between the shopfronts ‘sometime in the 19th century’. The colourwash has simply washed off the bricks, but has remained on the more porous and absorbant yellow mortar (it is also of such a pungent shade as to immediately suggest a wash of some kind).

This type of scrappy colourwashing would be in character with the typical human instinct – and an especially Irish one at that – to focus on improving one’s own patch in a piecemeal, detached fashion, in a manner similar to other nasty practices such as painting the grubby decorative brick and terracotta piers of one’s shopfront, or tacking plastic cladding over worse-for-wear elements. A quick slap of red colourwash, however incongruous, finished off with a quick repointing would tart things up nicely at pavement level.

This can clearly be seen at the next pier down, with the division between treated lower floor and non-treated upper floor directly following the cornice line.

In this instance, the colourwash was applied over both the original pointing and brick.

The other explanation for gunter’s scenario is that, yes, a red mortar was used as a quick and cheap solution to improving the dirty pier at pavement level. But again, I would contend, a later alteration – and one that was confined to ground floor level.

(and leave my collection of houses alone – they accept shared affections)

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