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Dungarvan's Ironwork Heritage Part 12 - Window Guards

Window guard, Church St.

Letting the air in and keeping the Burglar out –
Window Guards

Decorative window guards of cast or wrought-iron were a common feature to be seen on the ground floor windows of houses which faced onto main streets in Irish towns and villages.  They offered protection and prevented people sitting on low window-sills while at the same time adding a decorative flourish to the façade of the house.  They allowed the lower window sash to be opened and prevent burglars entering.

Window guard design from MacFarlane's catalogue

As we have seen in previous posts much of the cast ironwork in Dungarvan was manufactured at Walter MacFarlane’s foundry in Scotland. This week we show examples which can be seen on windows around Dungarvan and reproduce the design from the MacFarlane catalogue.  If these panels are regularly maintained, they will survive for long periods and add a pleasing visual note to our buildings and streets.
Window guard, Main St.
Window guard, Commercial Club, St. Mary's St.

Window guard, Emmet St

Window guard, The Moorings
Window guard, Sexton St., Abbeyside
Window guard, Augustinian school, Main st.

Window guard Main St. design in MacFarlane's catalogue

Bank House window guard

Bank House window guard design from MacFarlane's catalogue

Bank House window Guard with design from MacFarlane's catalogue above

Drawing by W. Fraher

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