Survey Data

Reg No

11900504


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1795 - 1800


Coordinates

290026, 238738


Date Recorded

13/05/2002


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch rubble stone road bridge over canal, dated 1793, with ashlar voussoirs and cut-stone date stone/plaque. Rock-faced squared rubble stone walls (broken coursed to west; random coursed to east). Cut-stone date stone/plaque. Cut-stone coping to parapet walls. Single shallow segmental arch. Ashlar voussoirs. Squared rubble stone soffits with traces of render over. Sited spanning Royal Canal. Grass banks to canal. Canal lock, c.1795, to west with cut-stone retaining walls having timber lock gates over with integrated pedestrian bridge and possibly retaining early mechanisms.

Appraisal

Chambers Bridge is a fine rubble stone bridge that forms and imposing feature on the Royal Canal and is one of a number of bridges on the section of that canal that passes through County Kildare - as such it is of considerable social and historic significance, representing the canal network development in Ireland in the late eighteenth century that encouraged the commercialisation and/or industrialisation of the country. The construction of the bridge in squared rubble stone attests to the high quality of stone masonry traditionally practised in the development of the canal, and retains fine, crisp joints. The construction of the arch that has retained its original shape is of technical or engineering merit. Also of technical interest is the attendant lock to west, which possibly retains early mechanisms.