The Farmhouse

Ballymurrin House


We call it the Den, but the inglenook fireplace tells us this room served as a kitchen. Its magnificent stone hearth with long timber lintel was uncovered behind a small tiled fireplace. Investigation of an ugly polystyrene ceiling further revealed original hand-adzed joists. Original lime plaster was retained where intact, and new lime needled in.


The Kitchen, is a much larger space, with another inglenook fireplace and a beautiful bake oven. It is a simple, sociable space, with light from both sides, open joisted ceiling and a staircase, inserted at a later date. We know this because the existing joist was split to give sufficient headroom … though we still knock our heads on it ... The dark beams are charred: we believe that a severe fire may have occurred at some stage.


In Quaker houses of this era, ornate joinery featured only in special locations. Here, it highlights the cupboard reserved to store the minutes of Meetings. The Friends were meticulous record keepers. Many of these heritage documents are archived at the Quaker Library in Dublin. This room has been much altered, yet retains a gentle elegance and today functions as our Living Room.

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Address: Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead, Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride, Wicklow A67 PX56, Ireland

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