Survey Data

Reg No

11803103


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1790 - 1800


Coordinates

293340, 237386


Date Recorded

07/02/2003


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch rubble stone road bridge over canal, c.1795, with ashlar voussoirs, cut-stone plaque and cut-stone coping. Irregular coursed squared rubble stone walls. Cut-stone plaque. Cut-stone coping to parapet walls. Single elliptical arch with ashlar voussoirs. Rubble stone soffits. Sited spanning Royal Canal with tow path running underneath to north having replacement concrete brick cobbling, c.1990.

Appraisal

Mullen Bridge is a fine rubble stone bridge that forms an imposing feature on the Grand Canal and is one of a group of bridges on the section of that canal that passes through County Kildare. The construction of the arch that has retained its original shape is of technical and engineering merit. The bridge exhibits good quality stone masonry and fine, crisp joints. The bridge is of considerable historical and social significance as a reminder of the canal network development in Ireland, which brought about many technical advances and developed commercial activity in Maynooth in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries.