O2345 : Hick's Tower, Malahide, Co. Dublin

taken 14 years ago, near to Sea Mount, Malahide and Saint Marnocks, Dublin, Ireland

Hick's Tower, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Hick's Tower, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Hick’s Tower, which is a converted Martello Tower. One of 74 such towers built in Ireland between 1804 and 1815, Malahide’s tower was built in 1805 by the British Government in fear of a Napoleonic landing in Ireland. The walls of Hick’s Tower are 6ft. thick and the ground floor stored 30 barrels of gunpowder, cannon balls and water tanks with a capacity of 465 gallons. The first floor housed the living and sleeping quarters for the soldiers while the top floor, with a parapet, held a 24 pounder cannon. The tower was built to be bomb-proof and the original entrance was 10 feet from the ground. The swivel gun on the parapet had a range of approximately one mile. No nails, only wooden pegs were used in its construction, in case a spark from a soldier’s boot would blow the tower asunder. The mortar, holding the granite blocks together, is exceptionally strong, as it is comprised of lime, ash, hot wax and ox-blood. Architect, Frederick Hicks took over the tower in 1910 and, with colossal labour, cut windows in the wall and added a roof and made it into a home.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 25 March, 2007   (more nearby)
Monday, 26 March, 2007
Martello tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! O 238 458 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.8769N 6:8.2429W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! O 238 458
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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