Main Record - County Westmeath
|Rathowen, County Westmeath
|Date||1750 - 1850|
|Categories of Special Interest||SOCIAL TECHNICAL|
|Original Use||unknown|| |
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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