Main Record - County Westmeath
|Date||1860 - 1900|
|Categories of Special Interest||HISTORICAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL|
|Original Use||weighbridge/weighhouse|| |
Freestanding cast-iron weighing scales, erected c.1880, comprising three cast-iron legs supporting a cast-iron weighing mechanism with wrought-iron supporting tray. Located to the east end of Moate.
An interesting item of street furniture that has a pleasing, if subtle, impact on the visual appeal of the streetscape of Moate. Representing an important early-surviving artefact of cast-iron ware, the weighing mechanism is of additional significance for its associations with the agricultural activities that traditionally supported much of the local economy. It represents a tangible historical reminder of the past importance of Moate as a market town serving the local area.
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