Survey Data

Reg No

11803136


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Canal (section of)


In Use As

Canal (section of)


Date

1790 - 1796


Coordinates

294007, 237375


Date Recorded

07/02/2003


Date Updated

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Description

Section of Royal Canal, built 1790-1796, with dressed stone retaining walls.

Appraisal

One of the focal points of Maynooth (and for some years a factor in the economic prosperity of the locality) this section of the Royal Canal is of considerable historical, social and technical significance, having been built as a means of providing an alternative route linking the east of Ireland to the west, and vice versa. The presence of the Royal Canal encouraged the building of structures of technical/engineering merit, such as Mullen Bridge (11803103/KD-05-03-103) and Bond Bridge (11803133/KD-05-03-133), and also encouraged the industrialisation or commercial development of urban centres, such as Maynooth. The cut-stone retaining walls to the canal reveal a high quality of stone masonry practised in the locality.