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Millmount, Drogheda, County Louth
13622074
East elevation
Reg. No.13622074
Date1800 - 1820
Previous NameRichmond Fort Barracks
TownlandLAGAVOOREN
CountyCounty Louth
Coordinates309034, 274838
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usefortification
In Use Asgates/railings/walls
 
Description
Stone entrance gate, built c. 1810. Enclosed yard flanked by gates to east and west, stone wall to north. Square-profile gate piers to east, pin-hammered ashlar limestone, chamfered plinth and caps, cast-iron hinge brackets; random rubble walls to north, curved stone coping, arrow loops to north elevation, gate lodge to south. Round-headed carriage arch to west, pin-hammered ashlar limestone walling, cut stone voussoirs and keystone, string course, chamfered plinth, metal gates; square-headed pedestrian opening to north of carriage arch, cut stone surround, now blocked. Gates lead to former army barracks and Martello tower.

Appraisal

The series of two gate and enclosed chamber would have originally been a defensive measure to verify the authenticity of those entering the fort and also to prevent the storming of the barracks on the opening of the primary gates. This mechanism goes back to medieval times and is still in use today in fortified buildings.
 
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