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Millmount Martello Tower, Drogheda, County Louth
13622082
View from north
Reg. No.13622082
Date1800 - 1810
Previous NameRichmond Fort Barracks
TownlandLAGAVOOREN
CountyCounty Louth
Coordinates309030, 274797
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usemartello tower
 
Description
Freestanding three-stage stone Martello tower, built c. 1805, ruined in 1922, extensively rebuilt. Circular plan. Conical slate roof, metal finial. Ashlar limestone walling, projecting upper section supported on stone corbels, metal staircase to first stage. Square-headed loop openings, chamfered sills. Squared-headed door opening, timber sheeted door. Ashlar limestone boundary wall, stone coping, ashlar limestone square-profiled gate piers to west, metal gates, cobblestone approach path to west flanked by random rubble and smooth rendered side walls. Situated on elevated site within former military barracks.

Appraisal

This Martello tower, built on a medieval motte, was part of the string of defensive towers that were built during the Napoleonic Wars. This tower was damaged during the War of Independence and was largely rebuilt in 2000. It is a significant addition to the county's architectural heritage.
 
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