THE OLDEST FOLLY IN ST ANNE’S PARK
A few weeks ago I published some photographs of this “folly” that were taken in 2016 before restoration work had been undertaken. Today [ 6 August 2023] I visited St Anne’s Park in order to visit the follies in order to see if the restoration work had been effective and sympathetic.
Annie Lee Bridge is a folly in St Anne’s Park, Dublin, Ireland. It was built in 1839 by Benjamin Lee Guinness to commemorate the birth of his daughter, Anne Lee Guinness. The bridge is a sham ruin in the form of a bridge and tower, and it is located near the entrance to the park. It is one of twelve follies in the park, all of which were built by the Guinness family.
Here are some additional facts about Annie Lee Bridge:
- It is the oldest of the twelve follies in St Anne’s Park.
- It is made of limestone and sandstone.
- It is 20 feet high and 10 feet wide.
- It is located near the Naniken River.
- It was restored in 2016.
- If you are visiting St Anne’s Park, be sure to check out Annie Lee Bridge. It is a beautiful and historic landmark that is sure to impress.
The Naniken River is a minor river on the north side of Dublin city, Ireland. It is one of more than forty watercourses monitored by Dublin City Council. The river is culverted for its upper course, but is visible in St Anne’s Park for its entire lower course. It flows entirely within the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council.
The Naniken River rises in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, near the suburb of Kilmore West. It flows in a northerly direction, through the suburbs of Beaumont and Raheny, before entering St Anne’s Park. In the park, the river passes through a shady channel, before running through the Dublin City Millennium Arboretum. The river then flows in a more distinct valley through the central reaches of the park. In the 19th century, there was a pond northwest of the modern-day nursery, with a small waterfall, but this is entirely gone now.
The Naniken River eventually drains into the sea near North Bull Island. The river is approximately 6 kilometers long, and has a catchment area of approximately 10 square kilometers.
The Dublin City Millennium Arboretum is a 16-acre (6.5 ha) arboretum located in St Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland. It was established in 1988 to commemorate Dublin’s 1000th anniversary. The arboretum contains over 1000 different species of trees, shrubs, and plants from all over the world.