Fáilte/Welcome | Feedback | Site Maprssfacebookicon

Main Record - County Westmeath

Additional Images     View location on map
print-icon   Print This Page
Custume Barracks, Grace Road, Athlone, County Westmeath
General view looking east.
Reg. No.15004190
Date1800 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates203563, 241609
Original Usebarracks
In Use Asbarracks
Detached twenty-three bay two-storey barrack range, built c.1810, with slightly advanced five-bay two-storey breakfronts to either end and a four-storey pedimented clock tower on square-plan with cast-iron weather vane rising to centre. Hipped natural slate roof with rendered chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Constructed of coursed rubble limestone with red brick dressings. Clock tower constructed of ashlar limestone. Square-headed window openings with red brick surrounds, cut stone sills and replacement timber casement windows. Tripartite windows to centre of projecting end pavilions, to centre of main block and to ninth bay from either end (above doorcases). Segmental-headed doorcases with side lights and spoke fanlights to centre of end pavilions and to ninth bay from either end. Segmental-headed carriage-arch to centre under clock tower. Located to east end of Custume Barracks, surrounded eastern side of early-nineteenth century parade ground.


A monumental building which dates from the early nineteenth-century rebuilding programme at Custume Barracks. It survives with its original form, character and massing intact. The central tower is the dominant feature, but the impressive scale of the building and the repetition of simple, well-proportioned elements creates a powerful and striking architectural effect. It has the appearance of five separate buildings contained under the one roof and forms the focal point of the entire barrack complex.
Back To Results