County Wexford, Curracloe - Plan, front elevation and section of a house

Curracloe, Co. Wexford (N.M.I. Collection - F:2006.263)

Wove paper, black drawing ink, pencil. Height 565mm, Width 763mm.

The house shown in this plan is arranged in a half-court yard layout. The traditionally-shaped three roomed house is at right angles to the adjoining extension at the rear thus creating a half courtyard. Courtyards of various layouts are the most common type of farmyard.   However, it is unlikely this half-courtyard functioned as a farmyard as there are no windows or doors leading to it from the house

 From the front elevation, we know there is a step up into the house through the short-walled external porch.  On entering the house, the hearth area is concealed by a jamb wall. This wall creates a lobby-type area entrance to the house.  As commonly found in houses with parlours, such as this one, the parlour is located in the room behind the hearth.  

Curracloe, Co. Wexford (N.M.I. Collection - F:2006.263)