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Bruce College Bruce College, Audley Place, St Patrick's Hill, Cork, Cork City
Front (south) elevation, tower
Reg. No.20862106
Date1790 - 1810
Previous NameN/A
CountyCork City
Coordinates167683, 72438
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL
Original Usemill (wind)
In Use Asschool
Detached crenellated circular-plan former windmill, built c.1780, with multiple-bay two-storey additions and recent extensions. Later in use as house, now in use as a school with recent additions. Pitched artificial slate roofs with flat roofed section to side (east) elevation and flat-roof to tower. Smooth rendered walls with corniced string course and parapet to side (south) elevation. Corniced string course to crenellated tower. Square-headed window openings with stone sills and replacement timber sliding sash windows. Segmental-headed door opening to north-east having recent timber canopy, plain glazed overlight and replacement timber panelled door with sidelights. Set in own grounds, bounded by rubble stone walls with rendered walls flanking square-profile gate piers holding recent metal entrance gates.


Set on a height overlooking the River Lee and the city, this fascinating building was originally a windmill. The battered walls of the circular-plan structure attest to its original use. Adapted to serve as a private home in the nineteenth century and now in use as a school, the house and tower demonstrate the adaptability of historic structures to new purposes. The crenellated tower in particular makes an invaluable contribution to the architectural variety and of the cityscape.
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