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Jamestown Town Wall and Gate
 

County

Leitrim

Coordinates

N 53° 55' 39.06"   W 008° 01' 45.66"

Nearest town

Carrick-on-Shannon

Grid Ref.

M 98072 97575

Map No.

33

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

46

Date of visit

Thursday 6 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The only street of Jamestown goes through the remains of the North Gate. Seen from the northwest.


Jamestown was founded by Sir Charles Coote and received a Royal grant from King James I to build a wall around it. The town wall had two gateways, but today only the North Gate survives.
It was built in 1622 and had a rounded arch with a crenellated top wall. The upper part of this town gate was damaged by a truck in 1973 and became unsafe, so it was demolished, leaving only the two side walls in place. The passage between the two side walls is aligned north-northeast to south-southwest (20°-200°).

In the last years a steel outlined structure has been placed above the remains of the gate and it resembles what the gateway would have looked like before the collapse.


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