Survey Data

Reg No

15401819


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1805 - 1810


Coordinates

235307, 253968


Date Recorded

17/11/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch hump-backed canal accommodation bridge carrying small road over Royal Canal, built c.1809. Constructed of coursed dressed limestone with ashlar limestone parapets and detailing, including projecting string course at parapet base level/road level and voussoirs to arch. Cut stone plaque to southeast parapet reads 'Dolan's Bridge'. Tow path runs under bridge. Located to the north of canal lock (number 26) (15401830), associated lock keeper's cottage (15401831) and Coolnahay Harbour (15401832).

Appraisal

A typically well-built canal bridge, which is a valuable part of the architectural heritage of Westmeath and the industrial heritage of Ireland. Although humble in form, this structure has a simple and functional elegance. It is robustly built in fine stone masonry, which is testament to the long term ambitions of the Royal Canal Company at the start of the nineteenth century. The use of locally sourced material gives it a distinctive visual appeal and helps to integrate this feature into the local landscape.