The Mint (Carlingford)
Native name |
Irish: An Mionta
Tholsel Street, Carlingford,|
County Louth, Ireland
|Coordinates||54°02′25″N 6°11′11″W / 54.040144°N 6.186272°WCoordinates: 54°02′25″N 6°11′11″W / 54.040144°N 6.186272°W|
|Official name: The Mint|
Location of The Mint in Ireland
This castle, variously called a fortified house or tower house, derived its name from the license to mint coins granted to Carlingford in 1467 by Edward IV. However, the present tower comes from later, either the 15th or 16th century. It is believed to have housed one of Carlingford's wealthy merchant families (perhaps the Marmions); however, the lack of a fireplace and the strength of the defences suggest that it may indeed have served as a mint. Against this is the fact that no coin minted at Carlingford has ever been found.
The ground and first storey ogee windows (five in total) face onto the street, with carvings of a horse, a bust of a man, a bird, a snake and Celtic interlace ornament which reflects a revival of interest in Celtic art in the 15th–16th centuries. They also have hood mouldings and mullions.
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