Belan Lodge Self Catering and Bed and Breakfast Accomodation,Athy Co. Kildare.

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Mill Race

'Belan Lodge offers self catering and bed and breakfast accommodation in a restored Courtyard in historic Belan. On the farm at Belan Lodge is a renowned Millrace that was originally built in the 1600s by the Aldborough family. Its course was changed, towards the end, by Ebenezer Shackleton, and he would've had the bridge constructed, which still stands, due to his intensive activity with the Cornmills. It was reported to have originally been constructed as a folly, given its extensive stonework, and original walkways alongside it. The original walkway would've brought you along the Millrace on your left, with the fish ponds on your right, then over to your right, between the ponds to the River Greese, over the Chainey footbridge and up to Belan House. The Beech and Oak trees that were planted along its sides have helped preserve it since it fell into decay. It remains a wonderful reminder of a bygone era.'

The following photos detail the Millrace before, during and after extensive cleaning work that was carried out to prepare it for restoration work which is currently ongoing.

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