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43 Upper English Street

Construction Cost £1m
Address 43 Upper English street Armagh
Architect DA Architects

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The proposed new uses for the rebuilding of No 1 Seven Houses on the gap site, Upper English street include 2 commercial units on the lower and ground floor levels. In addition two 2 bedroom spacious apartments will be on the first and second floor. There will be a large area to the back of the building will be used for service vehicles

 

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History

Built in 1774, the row of 7 houses on Upper English street was built by Holland Lecky, a nephew of Dean John Averell.

We don’t have any known social history until 1864, (valuation revision books) in 1864 it was occupied by Thomas A Prentice from 1864 to approx 1899. Griffith’s valuation classifies the property as a ‘House, office, yard and small garden.’ Thomas was a widower and lived with his 2 daughters and 3 servants.  He was sub-sheriff for Co. Armagh in the years 1836-1837 and for 43 years Chief Distributor of Stamps for that county.

According to Valuation revision books, John C Boyle then owned the property and around 1904 rented it out as Armagh Municipal technical School. He appeared to have lived in the house from 1910-1920. Following that Major John C Boyle rented the building to Armagh Council offices, 1920-1931 and the Ministry of Labour from 1929.

The first and most important house in the terrace was damaged by fire on 9 December 1955 and at that time it was leased to the Ministry of Labour as the local Labour Exchange. As a result No 1, now known as 43 Upper English Street, was demolished in December 1957 and T.G.F Patterson, Curator of Armagh County Museum wrote: “Public opinion in Armagh city was deeply shocked by a decision to demolish No 1 the Seven houses and destroy the facade of a terrace of Seven Houses of architectural merit and important historical associations. 66 years on and with Armagh City TH funding, the house will be rebuilt.

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