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Rathowen, County Westmeath
General view of blacksmith
Reg. No.15303011
Date1750 - 1850
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates231792, 267453
Categories of Special InterestSOCIAL TECHNICAL
Original Useunknown
Circular blacksmith's stone, c.1800. Located at edge of laneway to east of Main Street, Rathowen.


An interesting and an increasingly rare example of a blacksmith's stone (according to local sources), which would have been used to repair cart wheels up until the mid twentieth-century . This stone would have been part of a forge, which is no longer extant. The original forge was probably located adjacent to the main road in Rathowen, acting as a road-side trade. May have been a mill wheel originally.
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