Survey Data

Reg No

11806004


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1780 - 1785


Coordinates

279150, 224963


Date Recorded

22/04/2002


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch rubble stone hump back road bridge over canal, dated 1784, with cut-stone voussoirs, cut-stone date stone/plaque and cut-stone coping. Uncoursed rubble stone walls and curved flanking walls. Cut-stone date stone/plaque. Single round arch. Dressed stone voussoirs and keystone. Rubble stone soffits with render over. Sited spanning Grand Canal. Cut-stone tow path to east. Grass banks to canal.

Appraisal

Binns Bridge is a fine 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 bridge also provides an attractive entrance into the village of Robertstown and a fine vantage point of the associated Canal Hotel to the south-east (11806009/KD-13-06-09). The construction of the arch that has retained its original shape is of technical and engineering merit. The bridge exhibits good quality traditional stone masonry. 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 (such as the Canal Hotel) in the late eighteenth century.