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National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

County Cork - Thu Feb 21 05:38:47 GMT 2019

Main Record - Limerick City

Belvelly Bridge, County Cork
West elevation.
Reg. No.20907578
Date1800 - 1805
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates179125, 70728
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
Original Usebridge
In Use Asbridge
Triple-arch hump-back road bridge, built 1803, over Belvelly Channel. Rubble limestone construction, comprising three-centred arch flanked by round-headed arches and series of diminishing blind round-headed arches, all having ashlar voussoirs, some with dropped cut limestone keystones. Dressed limestone copings to parapet walls and tooled cut limestone V-cutwaters to both elevations.


Historic bridge connecting Cobh with Foaty Island and the mainland. Finely executed, the elegant articulation of the arches together with their flanking walls alludes to a continuous arcade marching across the channel. This attention to detail and aesthetic composition points to the highly skilled construction methods employed in the eighteenth century.
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