Survey Data

Reg No

50060125


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Technical Social


Original Use

Bridge


In Use As

Bridge


Date

1790 - 1795


Coordinates

312629, 237370


Date Recorded

10/09/2014


Date Updated

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Description

Single-arch humpbacked limestone canal bridge, dated 1792, carrying Ratoath Road on north-south axis over Royal Canal. Elliptical arch with tooled limestone voussoirs and granite keystones rising from coursed limestone ashlar walls with curved limestone ashlar spandrels. Coursed limestone ashlar parapets with plat-band to base and flat limestone coping terminated to either end by round limestone piers with round capstones (replaced with cement to northwest). Parapet damaged and poorly rebuilt to north end of east parapet and to both ends of west parapet. Carved Portland limestone plaque set into both parapets with oval panels inscribed '1792 H.S Reilly Bridge & Lock'. Located adjacent to 8th Lock.

Appraisal

An early canal bridge named in honour of H.S. Reilly, a canal director. Built in a typical late eighteenth-century style to serve rural traffic over the Royal Canal, the early features and masonry skills are still evident. When viewed as a composition with the canal lock, together they are an appealing historic feature in the cityscape.