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Columb Barracks, Ashe Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath
General view from the south.
Reg. No.15310017
Date1810 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates242750, 253178
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC
Original Usebarracks
In Use Asbarracks
Detached fourteen-bay single-storey barrack range, built c.1814, with projecting single-bay storage shed to the north end. Pitched natural slate roof having large slates and a raised limestone verge to the south gable end. Four chimneystacks to roof, one constructed of dressed limestone with brick rebuilding over, cement rendered elsewhere. Brick chimneystack to north end, adjacent to shed. Lime roughcast rendered walls with brick construction exposed to the south gable end. Square-headed window openings having dressed limestone block-and-start surrounds, cut stone sills and six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows. Three square-headed door openings having dressed limestone block-and-start surrounds with keystones and timber double doors. Projecting single-bay shed to north end has coursed rubble limestone walls, a hipped natural slate roof and a square-headed carriage arch to the front face (east). Located to the west end of Columb Barracks (15310007 to 15310019).


A fine range of barrack buildings dating from the initial construction of Columb Barracks (15310007 to 15310009) in the early nineteenth-century. This small-scale range retains good quality block-and-start surrounds to the openings while the slightly irregular rhythm of the openings lends this building quite a picturesque appearance. The form of this building, having numerous separate openings, suggests that it was originally built as officers quarters. The shed to the north end was probably built in the late nineteenth-century. This range 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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