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Jamestown, County Leitrim
30814006
Representative view
Reg. No.30814006
Date1625 - 1630
Previous NameN/A
TownlandJAMESTOWN
CountyCounty Leitrim
Coordinates198121, 297576
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usetown/city walls
In Use Astown/city walls
 
Description
Sections of town walls, built in 1627 by order of King James I and altered c.1830. Jambs of a town gate survive in the northern section. Parts of town wall to the west, south and eastern perimeters of the town. Walls comprise sandstone rubble with lime mortar. The northern gate has been repaired in the past.

Appraisal

The town walls are of both architectural and archaeological significance. They reflect the social history of the town and are a rare example of seventeenth-century urban fortifications. The northern gateway is one of the most imposing structures in the town and dominates the entrance to the Jamestown from Carrick-on-Suir. To celebrate Catholic Emancipation an ornamental arch was added to the gate by the O'Beirne family. This has since been removed.
 
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