Moira "Doss House"

Meeting Street, Behind 71 Main Street, Moira, Down, BT67 0LQ
September 14th, 2019 - September 14th, 2019
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No. 1 Pump Row is behind no.71 Main Street on the corner of Meeting Street at the traffic lights. We call it “The Doss House” because at one stage in its history it was used as a doss house an early form of B&B. The building, constructed of stone with some brick, dates from the latter end of the 1600s and so is the oldest building still in Moira. Pump Row on Meeting Street is before the development of the Main Street in Moira around 1730 to 1760s and is the last remaining building of a row of 9 houses called “Pump Row” because the village pump was at the other end of the row. This is shown on the land transfer documents of 1911.  The front of the building facing the road has been plastered and has a door and five windows.  The three upstairs windows are inward opening casement windows and the two downstairs windows are sliding sash windows. The accompanying photograph does not show these downstairs windows because they have been plastered over and are currently under restoration.  The rear of the building has another door and two sliding sash windows. The seven windows all have different numbers of panes.  In side there are two rooms downstairs and a single area upstairs. There are two fireplaces one at each end of the building.  At some stage in the past the original roof has been removed along with the chimneys and replaced with a corrugated iron roof.     

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