Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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John’s Square

Jim Kemmy / Larry Walsh wrote the following in a book called “old Limerick in Postcards”.
In Broad Street, the houses had steeply pitched gables, while those in the Meat Market and Castle Street and John’s Square had rounded, pointed or pedimented gables. Only two of these gables have survived and can be seen at the rear of the John’s Square houses, beside Brennan’s Row.

Limerick Museum

Photograph, b/w print. View of two Dutch gables with long chimney stack behind; St. John’s Sq., S. side.

These Dutch gables are to be found at the rear of this house which was recently restored. I’m not sure if these two gables existed before this house / square was built or are an original part of this house?


End-of-terrace five-bay three-storey over basement limestone townhouse, built in 1751, distinguished on this side of the square by a limestone ashlar symmetrical façade. Attached building to the east. Hipped slate roof. Limestone ashlar eaves cornice supporting cast-iron rainwater goods. Square-headed window openings to front elevation with limestone flat arch voussoirs, limestone ashlar sills, patent rendered reveals and six-over-six and three-over-six timber sash windows. Two-over-two timber sash window to lancet opening. Square-headed front door opening, with limestone voussoirs above original lugged limestone architrave and replacement flat-panelled timber door. Front site basement area currently opening directly onto the pavement.

Interesting the NIAH also reveals a similar banister swan-neck handrail feature as in Gunter’s post #201 above in a house on the opposite side of the square.

Aerial view overlooking Brennan’s Row.

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