Thursday Doors – A Very Old Bridge

This week on Thursday Doors I thought we might look at some of the heritage buildings and one very old bridge in the centre of Trim, County Meath. This first one is the courthouse and was built about 1810 to the design of Richard Morrison. Grand Juries commissioned courthouses in various towns and cities of Ireland between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Designed by Richard Morrison, the size and quality of this courthouse makes it one of the the town’s most impressive public buildings. It sits on a juncion of three streets, so you can’t miss it.

Next we have a bank that dates from 1910 and was designed by L. A. O’Donnell. Unlike most of the other buildings of the town, which tend to be limestone or rendered, this one is redbrick and really stands out from the rest with its warm tones.

Before we cross this bridge, let’s have a look at its history. A wooden bridge stood here until it was swept away by floods in 1330. This more solid one was built in its place using local stone. It has had only minor changes in its lifetime and claims to be Ireland’s oldest bridge that has been unaltered and in continuous use for almost 700 years.

There’s another bridge in the distance but we’ll cross that when we come to it in a week or so.

The walk on this side of the river gives the best aspect of the bridge. I think it’s doing remarkably well considering the weight of modern day traffic. Thanks so much for stopping by this week and crossing a very old bridge with me, there are lots more Thursday Doors posts waiting for you over on Dan’s blog.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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23 Responses to Thursday Doors – A Very Old Bridge

  1. Dan Antion says:

    You checked all the boxes with this post, Jean. Stone building, brick building and a stone arch bridge. It’s amazing that this bridge has been in service for over 700 years. The bridges we build today are designed with a lifespan of 50-75 years. I love the picture looking down the road into town. Thanks so much for bringing Thursday Doors along with you today.

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  2. marianallen says:

    How beautiful Ireland is! I would be afraid to visit, because I would be homesick for it for the rest of my life. 🙂 ❤

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    • It’s a small island country, Marian, so to get the diversity of landscapes you have in the US we would have to travel to the continent of Europe. Still, it’s big enough to keep me satisfied without ever leaving the country.

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  3. The village is lovely! I loved the flower baskets they’re so cheerful.

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  4. Emille says:

    Love this place, Jean. The bridge is certainly a substantial feature – and very European, with flowers! Sorry, very late but wanted to get back to your comment that when you got together with your mother and sister, you laughed a lot! That is maybe a more feminine thing of joy? When I got together with my brothers, what we used to do is tell where we had been and funny instances:)

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  5. Might pretty and flowery.

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  6. Jean, those last three shots are so inviting and I love the stone bridge.


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  7. Beautiful scenery and interesting history! Lovely post.

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  8. slfinnell says:

    You even had a beautiful day to capture it all! Big thumbs up 💕

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  9. Jennie says:

    I love bridges. It’s hard to imagine a 700 year old bridge. Beautiful photos, Jean.

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