Farmleigh Bridge

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Farmleigh Bridge
Droichead Farmleigh
Disused Bridge over the River Liffey - geograph.org.uk - 13562.jpg
Coordinates 53°21′41″N 6°21′55″W / 53.3613°N 6.3652°W / 53.3613; -6.3652Coordinates: 53°21′41″N 6°21′55″W / 53.3613°N 6.3652°W / 53.3613; -6.3652
Crosses River Liffey
Locale Dublin
Characteristics
Design Box truss
History
Opened 1870s

The Farmleigh Bridge (Irish: Droichead Farmleigh), also known as the Silver Bridge or Strawberry Beds Bridge,[1] is a disused bridge spanning the River Liffey and the Lower Lucan Road in Dublin, Ireland.

A single-span cast iron box truss bridge,[1][2] with stone and masonry supports, it was built in the 1870s to carry water pipes and electricity lines from the mill race turbine to nearby Farmleigh house.[3] Privately-built by the Guinness family, it was also used by staff who lived on the south side of the river (by Palmerstown) as a short-cut to the grand house.[4]

The bridge (near the Angler's Rest pub) is long disused, with no remaining base or platform to carry traffic. Though the elaborate stone gateway remains,[5] the tunnel is no longer accessible and has been collapsed.

As of late 2015, campaigners had initiated a petition for the bridge to be restored and used as part of a Liffey greenway plan.[6] However, as of mid-2016, no funding had been allocated by Fingal Council to renovation of the bridge.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farmleigh Bridge (or Strawberry Beds Bridge) at Structurae
  2. ^ "Lower Road, Fingal - Bridge". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Farmleigh Bridge". Bridges of Dublin. Dublin City Council. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Farmleigh House Tour (including description of bridge)". Office of Public Works. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Archiseek entry. With pictures". Archiseek Architectural Database. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Call for Guinness Bridge Over Liffey to be Reopened as Part of Greenway". IrishCycle.com. 30 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hopes for Rise Again of River Park". Dublin Inquirer. 21 June 2016. Until pedestrian safety issues are resolved [...] it is not safe to open up the bridge for access. No capital funding has been identified for the repair of the bridge