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Nos 2-7 Batteries, Battery Heights, Gallows Hill, Athlone, County Westmeath
15001072
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Reg. No.15001072
Date1784 - 1810
Previous NameN/A
TownlandBELLAUGH
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates202869, 241543
Categories of Special InterestARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usebattery
 
Description
Remains of extensive series of ramparts and batteries built by the British Army, c.1800. Now largely built over by a local authority housing estate, built c.1965. Ramparts constructed of earth and stone. No trace of any buildings remain. Located to the west of the town on elevated site.

Appraisal

This overgrown site originally formed part of an extensive complex of batteries built by the British Army to defend against possible French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars, illustrating the strategic importance of Athlone in national defence.
 
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