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Columb Barracks, Ashe Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath
15310014
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Reg. No.15310014
Date1860 - 1910
Previous NameN/A
TownlandMULLINGAR
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates242821, 253013
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usetank/silo
In Use Astank/silo
Additional Usewater tower
 
Description
Two adjoining water tanks associated with Columb Barracks (15310007 to 15310019), built c.1865 and c.1905. Comprises an ashlar limestone two-stage tower (on square plan), erected c.1865, having an enclosed wrought-iron storage tank over with pitched lead roof and a red brick tower (on square plan), erected c.1905, having an enclosed wrought-iron storage tank over with pitched lead roof. Cut limestone string course at second stage level to ashlar limestone water tank. Round-headed door and window opening to earlier water tower having red brick dressings and the remains of early fittings. Located to the south of the complex with remnants of earlier structures, now cleared, to the east and the west.

Appraisal

An interesting pair of well-built water towers of different dates, reflecting two phases of construction at Columb Barracks (14310007 to 15310019). The earlier ashlar limestone tower dates to a period of construction following an 1861 War Department report and the later red brick tower dates to a the same period as the later former barracks, mess and officers mess (15310012 and 15310013), c.1905. These structures are unusually well detailed for such functional structures and they indicate the importance of a constant water supply to a large-scale military barracks complex. These structures form part of an important collection of structures within the Columb Barracks complex (15310007 to 15310019), constituting an integral element of the architectural heritage of the area.
 
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