Survey Data

Reg No

15310047


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1845 - 1851


Coordinates

243316, 252659


Date Recorded

07/07/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch railway bridge, built c.1850 and altered c.1890, carrying railway line over road. Constructed of rusticated limestone with a steel span over having wrought-iron/steel parapets/balustrades, added c.1890. Located to the west of Mullingar Station (15310049) with section of retaining wall/embankment running away to the west (15310046).

Appraisal

A robustly-detailed bridge forming an integral part of the railway and civil engineering heritage of County Westmeath. This bridge was originally built by the Midland and Great Western Railway Company to serve the Dublin Broadstone to Galway line, which was opened as far as Mullingar in 1848 and was completed in 1851. The steel span probably replaced an earlier masonry arch. The cast-iron balustrades to this span are of late nineteenth-century appearance and add an extra decorative element to this functional structure.