Mallow first became a popular holiday and retreat destination in the 1720s after news spread about the medicinal and curative properties of its spring water. The town took inspiration from Bath and built promenades, guest houses and organised social events.
The Spa House was constructed in 1828 to replace the existing pump house and was commissioned by C.D.O. Jephson, the town’s proprietor who lived at Mallow Castle. It was designed by George Pain in the Tudor Revival Style and contained a pump room, an apartment for medical consultation, a reading room and baths.
Over the years the house became a private residence and was also used by Cork County Council’s Energy Agency. Cork County Council has now funded and completed a €280,000 refurbishment project of the landmark building. The Spa House is now home to the town’s new tourist office, the Council’s Local Enterprise Office and a meeting room for Avondhu Blackwater Partnership.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor Collins said,
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey highlighted how,
The Spa House refurbishment project includes external pointing of the stonework, roof repairs, new electrical wiring, lime-based internal plastering, new windows and new side doors. A radon barrier, sump and fans were also installed along with a new communications network and interlink with Cork County Council’s server.
In reopening the Spa House, it was an opportune time to launch the latest feature in Cork County Council’s Historic Map series. The Mallow Historic Town Map provides a brief history of the town from the arrival of the Normans in the 12th century until the town’s more recent history as a market and spa town. It highlights 35 heritage buildings and features within the town including the Clock House, Mallow Bridge, churches, Mallow Castle and house. Each site is accompanied by a brief description.
Mayor Collins added,
The Historic Map series is funded through the Cork County Council Municipal District offices. Mallow is the 13th in the series and joins Bandon, Kinsale, Clonakilty Dunmanway, Bantry, Schull, Skibbereen, Castletownbere, Charleville, Mitchelstown, Millstreet and Macroom. The maps are available in tourist offices, libraries and digitally on the Cork County Council website.