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Main Street, Kilbeggan, County Westmeath
15321013
View from the north.
Reg. No.15321013
Date1760 - 1800
Previous NameN/A
TownlandKILBEGGAN
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates233255, 235493
Categories of Special InterestARTISTIC HISTORICAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usemilestone/milepost
 
Description
Freestanding limestone milestone on rectangular plan, erected c.1780, with carved inscriptions 'Dublin 45', 'Moate 7' and 'Tyrrellspass 4' engraved on appropriate faces. Located to the west end of Kilbeggan Main Street in modern carriage arch.

Appraisal

A nicely carved limestone artefact which is an interesting addition to the Kilbeggan streetscape and which acts as a subtle reminder of the great age of coaching in Ireland. It probably dates to the late eighteenth-century, a period when the Grand Juries were responsible for a great deal of improvement in the road transport network throughout Ireland. The distances are in Irish miles, which were longer than the standard mile distance used today. This milestone was probably moved to its present location in recent years but is located close to its original position. This milestone makes an attractive impression in the streetscape.
 
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