Survey Data

Reg No

15401830


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Technical


Original Use

Lock


In Use As

Lock


Date

1805 - 1810


Coordinates

235328, 253958


Date Recorded

16/05/2006


Date Updated

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Description

Canal lock gate, erected c.1809, comprising restored pair of timber and steel lock gates with timber balance arms. Set within lock chamber built of ashlar limestone. Located adjacent to associated lock keeper's cottage (15401831), canal bridge (15401819) and Coolnahay Harbour.

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, along with the lock keeper's house (15401831) and canal, have 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.