View of Thomond Bridge and King John’s Castle, Limerick, across the River Shannon, with index. In the foreground, just downriver from the viewpoint, there is a rowing boat. Beyond it, the entire width of the image is occupied by the multi-arched bridge, featuring a castellated gateway, portcullis and what appears to be a movable section near its centre. Several figures with lances are seen to the right of the watch-house. Prominent behind the bridge are the towers of the castle, beyond which is the square tower of the cathedral.
Inscribed in Image
|Technique||Pen and ink drawings|
|Subject(s)||Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities and towns|
|Keywords(s)||Archaeological sites, Boats, Bridges, Buildings, Castles, Churches, Gates, Hats, Men, People, Rivers, Soldiers, Steeples, Towers|
|Dimensions||12.6 cm x 6 cm|
|Published / created||1681|
|Travel Account||Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland|
|Print or manuscript||Manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||p. 124|
|Source copy||National Library of Ireland MS 392|
|Rights||Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland|
Related text from travel account
|Upon the Thomond Bridge Gate towards to Citty Observe the Poetry of the Limerick scarlat Robe in black marble & letters of Gold.
THE FREEMANS DUTIES WITHOUT TAX OR RATE
REPAIR’D THIS PLACE THE THOMOND BRIDGE AND GATE
Ao DOMINI M D C LXXIV.
WILLIAM YORK ESQr MAYOR.
Which putts me in mind of the session of the Poets, where an Alderman appearing they all made room saying – It is a great sign
He has good store of Witt who has good store of Coin.
The Thomond bridge is sayd to have bin built by King John, it crosseth the river Shannon it consists of 14 stone Arches, att the time of whose foundacon, that of London was but of Timber. King John also built the Castle. [pp. 124-125]