Survey Data

Reg No

15401902


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1805 - 1810


Coordinates

240710, 251301


Date Recorded

13/10/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch hump-backed canal bridge carrying road over Royal Canal, built c.1806. Constructed of dressed limestone with ashlar limestone detailing including projecting string course at parapet base level/road level. Parapet walls constructed of brick with ashlar limestone coping over, brick voussoirs to arch. Cut stone pillars to ends of parapet walling. Bridge flanked by rubble limestone walls to north and south. Located in the west suburbs of Mullingar Town.

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 brick for the construction of the parapet walls and the arch is an unusual feature of this particular canal bridge.