Near Loyd in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
Spire of Loyd
Kells Heritage Trail
The tower, a mock lighthouse, was erected in 1791 by the First Earl of Bective in memory of his father Sir Thomas Taylor. The architect was Henry Baker who completed the design of the Kings Inns in Dublin after Gandon. The tower has an internal spiral stone staircase and was used in the 19th century to view the horseracing and the hunt.
A section of land adjoining the tower was given to the Kells Union Workhouse in 1851 to be used as a paupers' graveyard. A famine road existed between the paupers' graveyard and the workhouse which was situated to the west of the Fair Green.
Erected by Meath Tourism.
Location. 53° 43.988′ N, 6° 54.294′ W. Marker is near Loyd, Leinster, in County Meath. Touch for map. Marker is on the Spire base, on the Commons of Loyd off Oldcastle Road (Road R163), about 2.5 kilometers west of Kells.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kells Union Workhouse Paupers' Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Kells Round Tower (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Catherine Dempsey (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); The Churchyard Wall Suffolk Street (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); St Columba's Church (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Headfort Place (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Market Cross (approx. 2.3 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Kells Heritage Trail. (Submitted on February 9, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,085 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2010.