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Moneyveg Tower, County Louth
East elevation
Reg. No.13901815
Date1835 - 1840
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Louth
Coordinates310428, 287178
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL HISTORICAL
Original Usefolly
In Use Asfolly
Additional Usemonument
Freestanding tower, dated 1837. Circular-plan. Random rubble stone walling, ashlar limestone dressing, battered base plinth, crenellated parapet supported on ashlar limestone machicolations. Roof hidden by parapet. Loop and balistraria window openings, ashlar limestone chamfered surrounds, unglazed. Square-headed door opening to west, ashlar limestone surround, now blocked; limestone dedication plaque above with carved limestone hood mould, "This tower was erected to commemorate the election to parliament in January 1837 of Sir Patrick Bellew Bart and Richard M. Bellew Esq. As members for this County. It was commenced in the year of the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria whom God long preserve." Tower set back from road on elevated site commanding view over surrounding countryside.


This finely-constructed tower is a prominent landmark in the area and commemorates the Bellew family of nearby Barmeath Estate. Handsome, well-executed masonry construction and fine detailing add to its architectural interest and the tower forms an interesting counterpoint to the more vernacular structures in its immediate vicinity. It is also of historic interest in acting as a record of the event commemorated in its dedication plaque.
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