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Pollaphuca Bridge, County Wicklow
16400901
View from bridge
Reg. No.16400901
Date1820 - 1840
Previous NameN/A
TownlandBRITONSTOWN
CountyCounty Wicklow
Coordinates294656, 208447
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usebridge
In Use Asbridge
 
Description
Single-arch road bridge over the River Liffey, built in c.1830 to designs by Alexander Nimmo. The bridge rises from rocks either at side of the gorge and is constructed in rubble with the large pointed arch encased with a prominent moulded voussoirs. Either side of the arch (to both faces of the bridge) are canted projections which rise through and above the parapets to form crenellated refuges. The outer faces of the refuges are clad with decorative stone panels. The parapets themselves are in rubble with dressed coping, however much of the eastern parapet (including its refuges) is a late 20th-century reconstruction.

Appraisal

Despite modern work to the eastern parapet this bridge is perhaps the most distinctive structure of its type in the whole county and an important piece of engineering in its own right.
 
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