County Kilkenny: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRIDGES

Following the Great Flood of 1763 that washed away many of the substantial bridges crossing the River Nore a comprehensive rebuilding programme was initiated, the results of which have been passed down to the present day as an important element of the civil engineering or transport heritage of County Kilkenny. Many of the bridges built to designs prepared by George Smith (fl. 1763-7), a pupil of George Semple (c.1700-82) feature Classical detailing indicating the lasting influence of the illustrations included in Andrea Palladios (1508-80) I Quattro Libri (1570). Records for further examples of bridges dating from the eighteenth, the nineteenth, and the twentieth centuries are viewable by selecting the bridge category from the drop-down menu in the Advanced Search section of this webpage.

Green's Bridge, GARDENS (ST. CANICE PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Five-arch rubble limestone Classical-style road bridge over river, built 1766, with two-arch culvert to east. Renovated, 1835, with parapets added. Remodelled, 1969, with one parapet removed. Random rubble limestone walls with tooled limestone ashlar triangular cut-waters to piers having cut-limestone stringcourse supporting cut-limestone pedimented aedicules (with Doric columns supporting having frieze supporting triangular pediment), carved…


CASTLECOMER, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny

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Five-arch road bridge over river, built 1763. Part creeper- or ivy-covered walls centred on granite ashlar triangular cutwaters to piers having pyramidal capping with lichen-spotted cut-granite stringcourses supporting parapets having lichen-spotted cut-granite coping. Series of five round or segmental arches between round-headed niches with rusticated granite ashlar crow stepped voussoirs centred on lichen-spotted cut-granite triple…


Gore's Bridge, BARROWMOUNT, Goresbridge, County Kilkenny

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Nine-arch rubble stone road bridge over river, built 1756. Random rubble stone walls on granite ashlar piers having triangular cut-waters to north-west, flight of ten cut-stone steps to west (leading to river bank), and cut-granite rounded coping to parapets. Series of nine round arches with granite ashlar voussoirs, and squared rubble stone soffits. Sited spanning…


Bennett's Bridge, BENNETTSBRIDGE (D.P.), Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny

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Seven-arch rubble limestone road bridge over river, built 1763. Random rubble limestone walls with cut-stone triangular cut-waters to piers, and squared limestone coping to parapets. Series of seven round arches with limestone ashlar quoined voussoirs having double keystones, and rubble limestone soffits having replacement cement render, c.1975, over. Sited spanning River Nore with grass banks…


Kells Bridge, GARRYNAMANN LOWER, Kells, County Kilkenny

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Nine-arch (west) or five-arch (east) hump back road bridge over river, extant 1658. Widened, post-1788, producing present composition. Part creeper- or ivy-covered wall (west) centred on triangular cutwaters to piers having overgrown shallow pyramidal capping with overgrown coping to parapet; part creeper- or ivy-covered wall (east) centred on triangular cutwaters to piers having lichen-spotted pyramidal…


Thomastown Bridge, THOMASTOWN, Thomastown, County Kilkenny

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Five-arch rubble limestone road bridge over river, built 1792, incorporating fabric of earlier bridge, post-1763. Repaired, 1947. Renovated, post-1973, with deck remodelled. Random rubble limestone walls with limestone ashlar triangular cut-waters to piers (one inscribed), squared rubble stone voussoirs over forming round relieving arches, cut-limestone panel to north-east elevation, and reinforced concrete cantilevered deck, post-1973,…


Graiguenamanagh Bridge, GRAIGUENAMANAGH, Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny

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Seven-arch rubble limestone Palladian-style road bridge over river, built 1764-7. Damaged, 1798. Repaired, post-1798. Random rubble limestone walls with cut-limestone triangular cut-waters to piers, ogee-headed recessed niches flanking central arch with cut-limestone surrounds, roundels surmounting remainder of piers having cut-limestone surrounds with keystones, and cut-limestone coping to parapets. Series of seven round arches with cut-limestone…


Inistioge Bridge, INISTIOGE, Inistioge, County Kilkenny

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Ten-arch rubble stone Classical-style road bridge over river, built 1763, on site of earlier bridge, c.1700. Random rubble stone walls with tooled granite ashlar triangular cut-waters to piers to south having paired Ionic pilasters over supporting carved (moulded) cornice, limestone ashlar tapered (full-height) triangular cut-waters to piers to north having cut-limestone stringcourse over, and cut-limestone…


Threecastles Bridge, BALLYCARRAN LITTLE, County Kilkenny

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Five-arch rubble limestone road bridge over river, dated 1790. Random rubble limestone walls with rubble limestone triangular cut-waters to piers, cut-limestone diamond recesses flanking central arch having cut-limestone surrounds, inscribed cut-limestone date stone/plaque, and squared rubble limestone coping to parapets. Series of five segmental arches with cut-limestone voussoirs having keystones, and squared rubble limestone soffits…


Dinin Bridge, ARDALOO, County Kilkenny

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Three-arch road bridge over river, built 1792. Random cut-limestone walls with cut-limestone triangular cut-waters to piers, and cut-limestone coping to parapets. Series of three elliptical arches with cut-limestone voussoirs, and rendered soffits. Sited spanning Dinin River with grass banks to river.


Mount Juliet (House), WALTON'S GROVE OR MOUNTJULIET, County Kilkenny

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Seven-arch limestone road bridge over river, dated 1762, with two-arch pedestrian underpass to north-east. Coursed cut-limestone walls with cut-limestone stepped triangular cut-waters to piers (flight of five cut-limestone steps to one pier), cut-limestone chamfered coping, and piers to parapets supporting timber fences. Series of seven elliptical-arches with pair of round arches to pedestrian underpass having…