Survey Data

Reg No

11901501


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1790 - 1800


Coordinates

295611, 228201


Date Recorded

15/10/2002


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch squared rubble stone hump back road bridge over canal, dated 1796, with dressed stone voussoirs, cut-stone stringcourse, rubble stone parapet walls, squinch and cut-granite date stone/plaque. Rubble stone walls. Cut-stone stringcourse. Rubble stone parapet walls. Cut-granite date stone/plaque. Cut-stone coping. Rubble stone splayed walls to wings. Single round arch. Dressed stone voussoirs. Squared rubble stone soffits with traces of render over. Sited spanning Grand Canal with grass banks to canal.

Appraisal

Henry 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. An unusual feature of the bridge is the squinch that distinguishes the structure amongst its counterparts. 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 encouraged the development of commercial activity in the late eighteenth century.