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Columb Barracks, Ashe Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath
15310015
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Reg. No.15310015
Date1810 - 1870
Previous NameN/A
TownlandMULLINGAR
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates242794, 253050
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Useprison/jail
 
Description
Detached seven-bay two-storey former military prison building, built c.1814 and altered c.1865. Now out of use. Shallow hipped natural slate roof with metal ventilators, two ashlar limestone chimneystacks to central ridge and cast-iron rainwater goods. Roughcast rendered walls. Segmental-headed window openings with multi-paned timber windows and a single square-headed opening with a three-over-six pane timber sliding sash window to the first floor. Diminutive timber casement windows to ground floor openings having iron security bars. Central round-headed doorcase with cut limestone block-and-start surround, metal door and a plain fanlight over with iron security bars. Located to the southwest corner of Columb Barrack complex (15310007 to 15310019).

Appraisal

An imposing and rather somber-looking military prison building dating to the initial construction of the barracks. The intimidating form of this building is indicative of its intended use. This distinctive structure retains all its early fabric, including a fine cut stone doorcase. The windows to the first floor openings are similar to those found to the dormer openings on the guard house (15310011), suggesting that this prison building was altered at this date also. This structure forms part of an important collection of structures within the Columb Barracks complex (15310007 to 15310019), constituting an important element of the architectural heritage of the area.
 
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