Survey Data

Reg No

11901201


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1795 - 1800


Coordinates

274821, 226419


Date Recorded

15/10/2002


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch rubble stone hump back road bridge over canal, dated 1796, with dressed stone voussoirs, cut-stone stringcourse and rubble stone parapet walls having oval date stone/plaque. Rubble stone walls. Rubble stone parapet walls. Cut-stone stringcourse. Cut-stone date stone/plaque. Cut-stone coping. Single round arch. Dressed stone voussoirs. Squared rubble stone soffits with traces of render over. Sited spanning Grand Canal with tow path to north and to south, and grass banks to canal.

Appraisal

Shea 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 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 the late eighteenth century.