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Camden Tower, Tullamore, County Offaly
14917011
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Reg. No.14917011
Date1800 - 1850
Previous NameCharleville Castle
TownlandCHARLEVILLE DEMESNE
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates232170, 223002
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL
RatingRegional
Original Usefolly
 
Description
Detached triangular plan four-storey tower folly, built c.1820, and possibly incorporating fabric from an earlier tower. Outbuildings to rear and abutting walls. Set within forested area. Random rubble walls with quoins. Roofless tooled window surrounds with timber window frames, diamond tracery windows with timber frames. Square-headed door opening with timber lintel. Spiral staircase with tooled stone steps to interior. Remaining fireplaces with iron grates. Derelict yellow brick outbuildings to rear. Carved stone plaque depicting figures holding arrows on north-west elevation.

Appraisal

The exact date of construction of Camden Tower is unknown. A tower is shown on the 1786 maps which set out design proposals for the demesne. It is identified on the first edition OS for County Offaly (1840). Various important features serve to recommend Camden Tower, such as the sculpted panel above the door and the remaining tooled spiral steps and some internal features such as the fireplace.
 
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