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The Watergate, Grace Road, Athlone, County Westmeath
15004131
View from the north side, looking along road.
Reg. No.15004131
Date1850 - 1855
Previous NameCustume Barracks
TownlandRANELAGH
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates203624, 241766
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usegates/railings/walls
In Use Asgates/railings/walls
 
Description
Entrance gates to Custume Barracks, built c.1852, comprising a central pedimented carriage arch flanked by lower pedestrian entrances to either side. Built of channelled rusticated limestone (hammer finished) with smooth dressed impost bands and oversailing capstones. Cast-iron double gates to central opening flanked by single cast-iron gates to pedestrian entrances, all with decorative motifs of interlinked circles. Cast-iron lantern holder above central arch. Bounded on either side by coursed limestone walls with barrel coping. Located to the north of Athlone Town centre on the west bank of the Shannon.

Appraisal

A superb example of a mid nineteenth-century neoclassical-style gate screen with excellent quality stonework and highly ornate metalwork. Drawings exist for this elaborate gateway, signed J. Constable 1850. It was originally paid for by the Midland Great Western Railway Company as part of the compensation for the line of the new railway interfering with barracks land. It is located adjacent to a jetty built at the same time (15004131) and it forms part of an important group of structures associated with Custume Barracks.
 
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