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Dungarvan's Ironwork Heritage Part 7 - Gates contd.

William Fraher, curator of Waterford County Museum continues with his series on the wealth of ironwork to be seen in Dungarvan and Abbeyside. Following on from last week, this week again features gates in the town.

Railings and gate St Augustine's Church, late 19th century. Image N.L.I.

Railings and gates Friary House, late 19th century. Image N.L.I.

Detail of gate St. Augustine's Church 
Detail of railing St Augustine's Church


St Augustine’s Church and Friary House

The original church was opened in 1829 and had a thatched roof.  It was enlarged in 1853 and the thatched roof was replaced by slate.  In the 1840s the entrance to the church was between a row of old single storey houses.  In the late 19th century these cabins were demolished and a new wall with cast iron railings was constructed.

The railings were from the MacFarlane foundry and the design was published in their catalogue and is reproduced here.

Friary Church railing, MacFarlane's catalogue
Friary House gate post, MacFarlane's catalogue

Friary House railing, MacFarlane's catalogue

Friary House was built in 1873 as a residence for the Augustinians.  It had a simple wooden railing on a brick wall which was later replaced with the current railing and gates also cast by the MacFarlane foundry.  The patterns for the new railings and gates are reproduced here from the MacFarlane catalogue.

These railings and gates make an attractive addition to the streetscape in St Augustine Street and Main Street and are well maintained.

Friary House, gate detail
Entrance gate St Augustine's Church

Friary House Gate
Gatepost detail Friary House
Ironwork railing Friary House

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