Survey Data

Reg No

12000196


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social Technical


Original Use

Viaduct


Date

1860 - 1870


Coordinates

251014, 156292


Date Recorded

16/06/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Seven-arch railway viaduct over road, opened 1865, originally nine-arch spanning three separate roads. Renovated, c.1950, with one arch remodelled to accommodate single span. Closed, 1963. Truncated, post-1963, with arches to south-east removed. Broken coursed rock-face cut-limestone walls with broken coursed rock-faced squared limestone parapets having cut-limestone coping. Series of six segmental arches with rock-faced cut-limestone voussoirs, and rendered soffits (now infilled or part-infilled with concrete block). Single span section to north-west originally single-arch remodelled, c.1950, with girder span having iron panelled parapets. Sited spanning road (originally spanning three separate roads).

Appraisal

The remains of an elegantly-composed viaduct forming a element of special interest in the architectural heritage of Kilkenny for the associations with the development of the Waterford and Maryborough [Portlaoise] Branch extension of the Great Southern and Western Railway Line by the Kilkenny Junction Railway Company. Exhibiting very high quality stone masonry in the construction the rock-faced treatment to the surface in particular produces an appealing textured visual effect enhancing the position of the site in the locality. Despite alteration works prior to and following the closure of the section of the line much of the original composition survives intact including the profile of the arches identifying the civil engineering heritage significance of the site.