2003:1969 - Castletown, Delvin, Westmeath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Westmeath Site name: Castletown, Delvin

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1511

Author: John Purcell, 17 Balmoral Terrace, Dillon

Site type: Wall

ITM: E 660274m, N 763198m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.615142, -7.089056

The development consists of the conversion and extension of a 19th-century coachhouse in Castletown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath. The site is adjacent to a 13th-castle (SMR 14:2). A test-trench, 1.2m by 1.2m, was excavated by hand at the north-western end of the development in the area of a proposed extension to the existing building. At 0.5m below ground level a possible wall was uncovered; this appeared to be a drystone rubble wall with no evidence of mortar. An orange fill was visible at the edges of the trench; this may be natural clay in which the foundations were excavated. There was no dating evidence associated with the wall. It may be associated with an outbuilding of Delvin Castle or with the 19th-century coachhouse. This feature will not be affected by the development, as it is proposed to use a raft foundation, which will necessitate excavating only 0.3m of material, thus leaving a buffer to protect the feature.