Survey Data

Reg No

15402909


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social Technical


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1850 - 1855


Coordinates

210316, 240272


Date Recorded

10/10/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arched railway bridge, built c.1851, carrying former Midland Great Western Railway Mullingar to Athlone line over small rural road. No longer in active use. Constructed of rusticated limestone with rock-faced limestone voussoirs to arch and ashlar limestone coping over the parapet walls. Snecked limestone retaining walls support embankment to either side of bridge. Located to the east of Athlone.

Appraisal

A robust and elegantly-appointed railway bridge representing an important element of the transport and civil engineering heritage of County Westmeath. This bridge was originally built by the Midland and Great Western Railway Company to serve the Mullingar to Athlone line, which opened 1851 and closed in 1987. This bridge is one of a number of similar bridges in the area associated with this company. The narrow round-headed opening and the snecked retaining walls give this bridge a distinctly tunnel-like appearance. This bridge is well-built using rock-faced and snecked limestone, a typical feature of mid nineteenth-century engineering projects of this nature.