Spire of Lloyd, Kells, Co. Meath

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Where: R163, Newrath Big, Co. Meath, Ireland

When: Unknown

Another contribution from the Eason Collection to end off the week. I have seen this spire / tower many times while driving but I have never had the opportunity to visit it. Is it a pure folly or was it intended for some more practical use?

With thanks in particular to contributions from B-59 and beachcomber we have learned that the tower doesn't have a specific practical use - other than perhaps as a viewing tower. Though built to resemble a lighthouse (and seemingly the "only inland lighthouse in Ireland"), the dedication inscription on the tower suggests that it was intended as a family memorial when commissioned by the then Marquess Headfort/Earl Bective. The NIAH entry tells us that it was designed and completed by architect Henry Aaron Baker c.1791.....


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between ca. 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_3214

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    B-59

    • 21/Oct/2016 07:17:17

    Seems to be a folly www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/peoples-park...

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    B-59

    • 21/Oct/2016 07:19:05

    archiseek.com/2014/tower-loyd-kells-co-meath/ says that it was used to view horse racing and the hunt in the nineteenth century

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    B-59

    • 21/Oct/2016 07:19:59

    OSI map: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,672217,776484,11,9

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 21/Oct/2016 08:14:56

    Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective, (1724 - 1795) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Taylour,_1st_Earl_of_Bective - erected this thing in 1791 in memory of his father, Sir Thomas Taylor, 2nd Baronet (1686–1757). It's complicated ! - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquess_of_Headfort

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 21/Oct/2016 08:31:58

    " ... Just outside the town of Kells on the road to Oldcastle is the hill of Lloyd, named after Thomas Lloyd of Enniskillen, who camped a large Williamite army here during the wars of 1688-91 against the Jacobites. Here also stands a towering building called the Tower of Lloyd, ... " From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kells,_County_Meath , which I think is then muddled about who built it for whom. Ditto the archiseek site. I'm confused !

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    B-59

    • 21/Oct/2016 08:53:28

    thepeerage.com/p16114.htm#i161135 confirms that Thomas Taylor, 2nd Bt. (b. circa 1690, d. October 1757) was the father of Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective (b. 20 October 1724, d. 14 February 1795). Since the spire was apparently built by the latter, archiseek and wikipedia must be mistaken.

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 21/Oct/2016 09:02:11

    Droneview!! by MEATHCAM - youtu.be/kcyDZEApGtA . Great close-up of this aspect from 6:45. Fasten your seatbelts ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Oct/2016 09:06:47

    [https:[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Excellent work. Thank you.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Oct/2016 09:50:16

    [https:[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Where is [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] when you need him, I bet he knows everything about this spire. He is probably off again in another exotic location!!

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 21/Oct/2016 10:05:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Many of the regular Flickroonies seem to be absent recently. Is there something on?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Oct/2016 10:13:08

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] We will have to organise a party next week and invite everyone around!

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    A. P. L.

    • 21/Oct/2016 10:53:44

    Isn't this tower on the grounds of Headfort prep school?!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Oct/2016 12:04:34

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl] I think the school is on the other side of Kells.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 21/Oct/2016 12:23:52

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] baseball playoffs here, we lost though.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Oct/2016 14:51:11

    [https:[email protected]] What about those Blue Jays?

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    bestfreepictures

    • 21/Oct/2016 20:58:33

    Thanks [http:[email protected]] for having contributed to the All Free Pictures group pool! All pictures are accepted, provided that they have a Creative Commons or a Public Domain license. Please join the group and help us become the greatest Free Pictures group in Flickr!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 22/Oct/2016 02:41:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Jays lost to Cleveland, best of seven, down three games. Took game 4 but lost in game 5 (had to win four in a row to move on at that point). So were in Hockey mode now...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Oct/2016 23:13:47

    While there's a few stories there (viewing platform, family memorial, folly, battle commemoration), the dedication stone seems perhaps the most convincing - so have focused on that in the description. Map and tags also updated. Have a great weekend all...

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    nokadoe

    • 24/Oct/2016 12:01:15

    I always understood that this tower was part of the Semaphore network which provided communications to the more remote parts of Ireland for military and other security purposes This entailed a line of towers visible to each other from which operatives sent messages by use of signal flags and the semaphore alphabet.

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    silverio10

    • 24/Oct/2016 21:23:55

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Oct/2016 09:58:34

    Very interesting indeed [https:[email protected]]! Many other semaphore towers were semi-automated (and the semaphore signals quite large to be seen from distance), but it would be very cool indeed if we could confirm that the Kells tower was used for this purpose. Do you know if there was another similar tower nearby? Part of the relay system? (I understand that most semaphore towers weren't placed much more than 5 to 10 miles apart - given the requirement for line of sight and the telescope technology of the time...)

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 02/Nov/2016 15:03:24

    In early times towers were everywhere. They were for communicating at a distance, for imprisonment, for defense. They were also status symbols. Always useful, never folly. Though the 2 towers in Bologna built by competing families..., were in some sense folly.