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Mullen Bridge, Maynooth, County Kildare
11803103
Representative view of bridge from north-east.
Reg. No.11803103
Date1790 - 1800
Previous NameN/A
TownlandMAYNOOTH
CountyCounty Kildare
Coordinates293340, 237386
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usebridge
In Use Asbridge
 
Description
Single-arch rubble stone road bridge over canal, c.1795, with ashlar voussoirs, cut-stone plaque and cut-stone coping. Irregular coursed squared rubble stone walls. Cut-stone plaque. Cut-stone coping to parapet walls. Single elliptical arch with ashlar voussoirs. Rubble stone soffits. Sited spanning Royal Canal with tow path running underneath to north having replacement concrete brick cobbling, c.1990.

Appraisal

Mullen Bridge is a fine rubble stone bridge that forms an imposing feature on the Grand Canal and is one of a group of bridges on the section of that canal that passes through County Kildare. The construction of the arch that has retained its original shape is of technical and engineering merit. The bridge exhibits good quality stone masonry and fine, crisp joints. The bridge is of considerable historical and social significance as a reminder of the canal network development in Ireland, which brought about many technical advances and developed commercial activity in Maynooth in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries.
 
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