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Castlecomer, County Kilkenny
12301001
Representative view of bridge.
Reg. No.12301001
Date1760 - 1765
Previous NameN/A
TownlandCASTLECOMER
CountyCounty Kilkenny
Coordinates253644, 173009
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SCIENTIFIC TECHNICAL
RatingNational
Original Usebridge
In Use Asbridge
 
Description
Five-arch road bridge over river, built 1763. Part creeper- or ivy-covered walls centred on granite ashlar triangular cutwaters to piers having pyramidal capping with lichen-spotted cut-granite stringcourses supporting parapets having lichen-spotted cut-granite coping. Series of five round or segmental arches between round-headed niches with rusticated granite ashlar crow stepped voussoirs centred on lichen-spotted cut-granite triple keystones. Sited spanning Dinin River with wooded banks to river.

Appraisal

A bridge erected by George Smith (----) representing an important component of the mid eighteenth-century civil engineering heritage of County Kilkenny with the architectural value of the composition, one succeeding a bridge washed away during the so-called "Great Flood of 1763" (cf. 12004007; 12318004; 12323011), confirmed not only by the silver-grey granite dressings demonstrating good quality workmanship, but also by the elegant "sweep" of the arches making a pleasing visual statement at a crossing over the Dinin River: meanwhile, a benchmark remains of additional interest for the connections with cartography and the preparation of maps by the Ordnance Survey (established 1824).
 
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