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Arderin Way, Glen Avenue, Cork, Cork City
Front elevation (north)
Reg. No.20863002
Date1840 - 1860
Previous NameN/A
CountyCork City
Coordinates167971, 73259
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
Original Usebuilding misc
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.


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.
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