Architectural Character

Architectural Character

Newbridge has its own history, which together with the local streetscape and landscape create a unique character and ‘sense of place’. The character of the town is created by its architectural quality – buildings, public open spaces, streets, market square, the Liffey Linear Park, and its residential and commercial areas, which gives Newbridge its distinctive identity.

Newbridge town as we know it today only commenced to develop in 1813 with building of a British Army cavalry barracks on the southern side of what is now Main Street, the barracks, substantially completed in 1816, extending from the site of the present Whitewater Shopping Complex, down through the present Bord na Mona site, St. Conleth’s GAA Grounds to the present Garda Station. The barracks extended from Main Street back to Military Road where some remnants of the barrack wall, gates, and fortifications remain.

Changes in the built environment can have both positive and negative impacts, and we have examples of both within the Newbridge area. The character of the town is reflected in its buildings (public and private, modern and old), public sculpture, streetscape, derelict sites, public open spaces, signage & clutter, boundary treatments (fencing, railings, green spaces) etc.

It is important that older buildings and street furniture such as the water fountains are maintained and enhanced, as they make a strong contribution to the character of the town’s streetscape, and will benefit future generations. However there will always be the need for new development, and there is no requirement that new development should slavishly copy older building styles – however the architectural heritage of the buildings adjoining new developments should be taken into account.

There is very little left of the town’s military history – as there are only sporadic remnant of the British Military Barracks remaining – therefore it is important that the remaining sections of the original barrack walls and cavalry barracks are protected and preserved. These mainly consist of the Archway and associated stonework on the Athgarvan Road, along with internal structures pertaining to the original cavalry barracks within the grounds of Bord na Móna and St. Conleth’s GAA, there are remnants of stables in some of the buildings along Cutlery Road.

Buildings which are neglected and left unpainted, tend to detract from neighbouring buildings, no matter how well the adjoining building is painted, and even one neglected or unpainted building may mar the appearance of an otherwise attractive street scene. Newbridge Tidy Towns Association, encourage business owners / building occupiers adopt the concept of dressing the street in addition to standard visual merchandising, an attractive window display is important, but dressing the street not only improves the attractiveness of the retail / amenity space but also attracts attention and thus footfall, which is the lifeblood of business.

Record of Protected Structures in Newbridge

Ex. Table 14
Record of Protected Structures in Newbridge
Newbridge LAP 2013/2019
RPS No.NIAH Ref.Structure Name / LocationDesctription / UseOther Information #2
B23–08Ruins of Great Connell Abbey and Medieval Carved
Stone, Greatconnell
Abbey and Standing
Stone
B23–11Old Connell House, Old ConnellHouse
B23–1511818050Bourtree Lodge, Moorefield Rd., MoorefieldHouse (Private)Detached three-bay two-storey double-pile house, c.1850
B23–1611818019Charlotte House, Charlotte StreetHouseDetached five-bay two-storey house, c.1850
B23–1811818013No. 15 Eyre St. House (Private)Detached three-bay single-storey house, c.1850
B23–2911818001Canning Place / Dominic PlaceHouse (Private)Semi-detached three-bay single-storey house, c.1845
B23–3011818002Canning Place, Foster PlaceHouse (Private)Semi-detached three-bay single-storey house, c.1845
B23–3111818020No. 6 McElwain
Terrace, Charlotte St.
Office - Delaney Dawson & Co. Solicitors.
End-of-terrace three-bay two-storey yellow brick house with dormer attic, c.1880
B23–3211818021No. 5 McElwain Terrace, Charlotte St. HouseTerraced three-bay two-storey yellow brick house with dormer attic, c.1880
B23–3311818022No. 4 McElwain Terrace, Charlotte St.HouseTerraced three-bay two-storey yellow brick house with dormer attic, c.188
B23–3411818023No. 3 McElwain Terrace, Charlotte St.Houseerraced three-bay two-storey yellow brick house with dormer attic, c.1880
B23–3511818024 No. 2 McElwain Terrace, Charlotte St. "McElwain House"Terraced three-bay two-storey yellow brick house with dormer attic, c.1880
B23–3611818025No. 1 McElwain Terrace, Charlotte St. / Henry St.HouseEnd-of-terrace three-bay two-storey yellow brick house with dormer attic, c.1880
B23–3711818026Hibernian Bank (former), Charlotte St.Office "Patrick J Farrell" SolicitorTerraced five-bay three-storey Classical-style, c.1925
B23–3811818027Charlotte StreetOffice "Bank of Ireland"End-of-terrace three-bay two-storey red brick house, c.1865
B23–39
11818028Bank of Ireland, Main St., / Charlotte St.Bank / Financial institutionDetached eleven-bay two-storey yellow brick bank, c.1880
B23–4011818029Town Hall / Methodist Church (former), Main St.Town HallDetached nine-bay double-height Gothic Revival (former) Methodist church, dated 1859
B23–4111818036County Library, Main St.,/ Athgarvan Rd.Library / ArchiveDetached eleven-bay two-storey International Modern-style library, built 1936
B23–4211818039St. Conleth’s Church, Chapel LaneChurch - RCDetached seven-bay double-height Catholic church, built 1852
B23–4311818040St. Conleth's Abbey ConventConvent (Sisters of the Holy Family)Detached nine-bay two-storey yellow brick convent, c.1873
B23–44

11818041The Grand Hotel, (former) Edward St.
Public House - "Judge Roy Beans"End-of-terrace four-bay two-storey double-pile hotel, c.1830
B23–4511818042Moorefield Terrace, Edward St.Office - erraced two-bay two-storey house with dormer attic, c.1890
B23–4611818043Moorefield Tce, Edward St.Office - Reidy Stafford SolicitorsTerraced two-bay two-storey house with dormer attic, c.1890
B23–4711818044Moorefield Tce, Edward St.Office - Reidy Stafford SolicitorsTerraced two-bay two-storey house with dormer attic, c.1890
B23–4811818045Moorefield Tce., Edward HouseOffice - Cty. Kildare L.E.S.N., nd-of-terrace two-bay two-storey house with dormer attic, c.1890
B23–49

11818048Adare House / Moorefield Cottage, Edward St.House - End-of-terrace three-bay single-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
B23–5011818049Moorefield Villa, Edward St.HouseTerraced three-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1910
B23–5111818051St. Patrick’s Church, Moorefield Road,
Church - CofIDetached six-bay double-height rubble stone Gothic-style Church of Ireland church, c.1815
B23–5211818064Newbridge Railway Station, Miscelaneous Buildings Railway Station, Station Rd.Attached six-bay single-storey yellow brick railway station, opened 1846
B23–5311818065Foot bridgeRailway Station, Station Rd.Single-arch cast-iron footbridge over railway line, built 1846
B23–54
11818067Miscelaneous BuildingsRailway Station, Station Rd.Detached three-bay single-storey rubble stone building, c.1870
B23–55
11818068Station Platform (North Bound)Railway Station, Station Rd.Detached four-bay single-storey mono-pitched passenger shelter, c.1870
B23–5611818096Station Master's HouseRailway Station, Station Rd.Attached two-bay single-storey former railway station master's house with half-dormer attic , built 1846
B23–5711818014Public House, Eyre St. / Anne's St.P. Flanagan's Public HouseTerraced five-bay two-storey house, c.1870
B23–5811818017George’s St.House - "1897 Building"Terraced three-bay two-storey red brick house, dated 1897
B23–5911818069House at corner of Eyre St. / Robert St.HouseEnd-of-terrace two-bay two-storey house, c.1870
B23– 61Moorefield LodgeHouse

 

Other Buildings of Note in Newbridge

Buildings recorded on Buildings of Ireland Website #2
which do not appear on the
"Record of Protected Structures in Newbridge LAP 2013/2019"
NIAH Ref.Structure Name / LocationDescription / UseOther Information #2 
11818003House - Eyre StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1865
11818004Scoil Náisiúnta - Scoil Connlaod Naofa National School & School HallDetached multiple-bay double-height national school, built 1952
11818005House - Eyre StreetPrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey house, c.1870
11818006House - Eyre Street / Francis StreetPrivate HouseEnd-of-terrace three-bay single-storey house, c.1875
11818007House - No. 1 Francis StreetPrivate Housend-of-terrace three-bay single-storey cottage, c.1910
11818008House - Saint Joseph's, Eyre StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1855
11818009House - Saint Martin's, Eyre StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1855
11818010House - Eyre StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay two-storey house, c.1880
11818011House - Eyre StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1910
11818012Cast-iron water hydrant - James's LaneCast-iron water hydrantFreestanding cast-iron water hydrant, c.1880
11818015Newbridge Courthouse - now demolishedNewbridge CourthouseDetached three-bay two-storey over basement gable-fronted Classical-style courthouse, dated 1858
11818016House - George's StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay two-storey house, c.1850
11818018Public House - T. J. McCabePublic House - T. J. McCabe / Newbridge House.Terraced six-bay two-storey house, c.1860
11818032Public House - The Arch Bar (former)Retail / OfficeEnd-of-terrace five-bay two-storey house, c.1820
11818033Retail / Office - Main Street, Anne StreetBrophy Farrell Auctioneers, End-of-terrace four-bay two-storey double-pile house, c.1850
11818034House - No. 1 John StreetPrivate Housend-of-terrace three-bay single-storey house, c.1910,
11818035Liffey BridgeSt. Conleth's Liffey BridgeThree-arch road bridge over river, c.1936
11818037Scoil Náisiúnta - Patrician Primary SchoolNational School & School HallDetached fifteen-bay single-storey red brick national school, dated 1914
11818038Newbridge Presbytery, Chapel LaneSt. Conleth's Presbytery RCDetached three-bay two-storey presbytery, c.1850
11818046House - No. 9 Henry StreetPrivate HouseEnd-of-terrace two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818047House - No. 1 Henry StreetPrivate HouseEnd-of-terrace three-bay single-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818052House - No. 1 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseEnd-of-terrace two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818053House - (Old) Moorefield RoadPrivate HouseDetached four-bay single-storey corrugated-iron-clad house, c.1900
11818054Cast-iron water hydrantMoorefield RoadFreestanding cast-iron water hydrant, c.1880
11818056Cast-iron water hydrantEdward StreetFreestanding cast-iron water hydrant, c.1880
11818059Water Tower - Cast-concrete Cutlery Rd. / Military Rd.Freestanding cast-concrete water tower, c.1960
11818060No Record / Record Deleted
11818061No Record / Record Deleted
11818062Barrack Gate (arch) & Wall Military Rd.Barrack Gateway, c.1813/20
11818063Railway Bridge (road)Station Rd.Single-arch rubble road bridge over railway line, c.1870
11818066Mail Box - wall mountedNewbridge Railway StationWall-mounted cast-iron post box, c.1890, with raised "VR" royal cipher and crown motif.
11818070House - No. 2 John StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1910
11818071House - No. 3 John StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1910
11818072House - No. 4 John StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1910
11818073House - No. 5 John StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1910
11818074House - No. 6 John StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey house, c.1910
11818075House - No. 8 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818076House - No. 7 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818077House - No. 6 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818078House - No. 2 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818079House - No. 3 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818080House - No. 4 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818081House - No. 5 Henry StreetPrivate HouseTerraced two-bay single-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818082House - No. 2 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818083House - No. 3 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818084House - No. 4 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818085House - No. 5 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818086House - No. 6 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818087House - No. 7 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818088House - No. 8 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818089House - No. 9 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818090House - No. 10 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818091House - No. 11 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseTerraced two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900
11818092House - No. 12 Artillery PlacePrivate HouseEnd-of-terrace two-bay two-storey yellow brick house, c.1900.
11818093House - No. 2 Francis StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey cottage, c.1910
11818094House - No. 2 Francis StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey cottage, c.1910
11818095House - No. 2 Francis StreetPrivate HouseTerraced three-bay single-storey cottage, c.1910

Sources:
#1  Available online at: Kildare County Council. 2013. Newbridge Local Area Plan 2013/2019. [Accessed 30 May 15].

#2  Available online at: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. 1999. Buildings of Ireland.. [Accessed 30 May 15].

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