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This building on Lower John Street illustrates very clearly the 19th century trend of chopping out glazing bars from Georgian sashes and inserting more up-to-date sheet glass panes.

It also happened on this corner buildng nearby. Quite a few examples of this phenomenon in Kilkenny in fact.

The best gem encountered must surely be this magnificent early-mid 18th century house tucked away on Wolfe Tone Street. What a survivor.

It’s so old that its original chunky sashes were replaced in the first half of the 19th century (now heavily overpainted), but the old fashioned exposed and flush sash boxes were retained.

A wonderful Gibbsian doorcase. The joinery of the surviving fanlight gives an indication of the thickness of the original windows’ glazing bars.

And lastly, any photographic ramble around Kilkenny would not be complete without this delightful number on Watergate – generally regarded as a former Dutch Billy, originally with a double gable frontage. A diminutive ground floor ceiling height characteristic of such buildings too.

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