Survey Data

Reg No

14824012


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1790 - 1810


Coordinates

207367, 221925


Date Recorded

05/10/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch masonry canal bridge, built c.1800, carrying the road to Belmont over the Grand Canal at the 33rd lock. Dressed limestone blocks regularly laid. Arch of segmental profile. String course from parapet to piers. Curved deck with ramped approaches.

Appraisal

Belmont was a unique village in the early part of the twentieth century having a canal port with several industries dependant upon it, a railway service and a source of power from its early hydro-electric station at the local mill. This fine canal bridge, which carries the road leading to Belmont over the Grand Canal, is a good example of canal architecture. It is enhanced by the nearby double lock, which is the only such lock on the canal within County Offaly. This section of the canal was opened in 1804.