Fáilte/Welcome | Feedback | Site Maprssfacebookicon
Loading

Main Record - Cork City

 
Additional Images     View location on map
print-icon   Print This Page
Arderin Way, Glen Avenue, Cork, Cork City
20863002
Front elevation (north)
Reg. No.20863002
Date1840 - 1860
Previous NameN/A
TownlandFARRANCLEARY
CountyCork City
Coordinates167971, 73259
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usebuilding misc
 
Description
Freestanding shaft, built c.1850, as to ventilate subterranean railway tunnel. Circular-plan shaft with square-profile plinth. Random rubble sandstone walls with corner abutments and concrete coping. Sited in suburban residential area.

Appraisal

One of a group of four, this shaft is an important element of Cork's railway heritage. It is a fascinating reminder of the early days of train travel when steam engines created large quantities of vapour and smoke, and consequently ventilation shafts were required. It retains its original form and massing, and remains an notable addition to the urban landscape. Local legends have grown around these unusual structures, and it is said that they fulfilled an additional role as an escape route for the British military stationed at the nearby barracks.
 
Back To Results