Survey Data

Reg No

15401012


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Technical


Original Use

Lock


In Use As

Lock


Date

1800 - 1820


Coordinates

229134, 259013


Date Recorded

21/10/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Canal lock, built c.1810, consisting of pair of (restored) timber and steel breast gates with timber footboards, tail gates and balance beams. Set within ashlar limestone lock channel. Located adjacent to canal bridge (15401011) with associated lock keeper's house adjacent to the south (now extended and altered). Located to the southwest of Ballynacarrigy.

Appraisal

An attractive and well-built canal lock that forms part of an important group of structures associated with the Royal Canal in Westmeath. The quality of the ashlar limestone construction of the lock walls and associated machinery is indicative of the grandiose ambitions of the Royal Canal Company during the early part of the nineteenth century. This lock has been designed and constructed with a high level of expertise indicating the importance of their role in the past and remains an important element of the architectural and industrial heritage of Westmeath. The attendant lock keeper's house to the south has been extended to the rear (south).