2003:1016 - BRIDGE HOUSE, 88–89 JOHN STREET LOWER, KILKENNY, Kilkenny

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kilkenny Site name: BRIDGE HOUSE, 88–89 JOHN STREET LOWER, KILKENNY

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 01E1212 EXT.

Author: Alan Hayden, Archaeological Projects Ltd, 27 Coulson Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

Site type: Late medieval house with Georgian additions

ITM: E 650740m, N 655844m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.651412, -7.250125

An ongoing programme of archaeological and architectural survey, investigation and conservation has been under way since 2001 on the buildings on the site.
The excavation of foundations for steel stanchions to support the south wall of the medieval building during river drainage works was monitored in March 2003. Nothing of archaeological significance was revealed.
In July 2003 three hand-dug test-pits were excavated to investigate why the south wall of the Victorian extension to the east side of Bridge House was moving and cracking. The pits revealed that the building had been erected on top of a stone vaulted cellar, or undercroft, whose roof had been broken through previously and whose interior was filled with organic material, explaining the subsidence. The cellar appeared to abut the late medieval part of Bridge House and is therefore of late or post-medieval date.