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Pierce Plough Foundry or Pierce Bicycle Works, Casa Rio, Distillery Road, Wexford, County Wexford
Representative view of gateway.
Reg. No.15507008
Date1903 - 1941
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Wexford
Coordinates304675, 120944
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL
Original Usegates/railings/walls
In Use Asgates/railings/walls
Gateway, between 1903-41, on a symmetrical plan comprising elliptical-headed opening between rendered channelled piers on rendered plinths over random rubble stone construction rising through profiled (stepped) course into rendered panelled stages, channelled voussoirs over red brick voussoirs incorporating 'triple keystones', cast-iron wheelguards protecting iron double gates, profiled (stepped) course on dentil consoles, rendered parapet having brass lettering on iron frame, inscribed cornice having rendered blocking course over red brick English Garden Wall bond construction, rendered channelled flanking screen walls incorporating square-headed blind pedestrian gateways, profiled (stepped) course supporting parapet, and rendered channelled outer piers on plinths having profiled (stepped) course supporting 'finials'. Street fronted at entrance to site of Pierce Plough Foundry (Pierce Bicycle Works) [SS].


A commanding gateway making a prominent impression in Distillery Road marking the entrance to the short-lived (between 1903-41) Pierce Plough Foundry or Pierce Bicycle Works compound occupying the position of the early nineteenth-century Bishopswater Distillery complex (established 1827), thereby continuing a long-standing industrial presence on site. Although most of the associated ranges have long since disappeared, the fundamental qualities of the gateway prevail including the attributes identifying a robust Classical-style architectural theme, the iron fittings enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the composition, and so on, thereby maintaining some of the character or integrity of the site in the street scene.
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