Survey Data

Reg No

31906007


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Artistic Architectural Technical


Original Use

Foot bridge


In Use As

Foot bridge


Date

1835 - 1840


Coordinates

184073, 304061


Date Recorded

15/08/2003


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arched rustic bridge, built in 1836. Constructed of river-worn limestone with voussoirs to arch and pointed-arched niches to sides. Balustrade of river-worn limestone set on cut limestone plinth with punch dressings terminating in piers. Date plaque to balustrade. Cut stone steps flanking sides lead to walkway under bridge.

Appraisal

Fairy Bridge, found within the grounds of the former Rockingham Demesne, is of a scale and design that is exceptional in Ireland. It stretches a considerable length, rising to span a narrow canal, approximately one-fifth of the overall length. The use of river-worn limestone in its construction with its undulating form gives it a fairy tale and almost grotesque quality.