The Old Tollhouse ENNISTYMON

EnnistymonCounty Clare

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Devitt's Drapery at Ennistymon Bridge c.1890 ©NLI Lawrence Collection

ENNISTYMON TOLL HOUSE a small house, with three steps going down to it, was located on the bridge near Doherty's Corner.  Ennistymon bridge and tollhouse date back to the 1700s when tolls were charged for river crossing. 

In 1845, at the first Ordnance Survey it was glazier's shop. 

At the time of Griffith's Valuation in 1855, it was unoccupied and recorded as #12 Old Town Street (a house an yard valued at £2).

From the late 19th century, it was known as Devitts Drapery. Tommy Devitt was a tailor and lived there with his wife, Kate Carran, and family.

In 1920 Devitt's was burned by the RIC and British Forces in retaliation for the Rineen Ambush

The toll house was demolished as car traffic began to increase on the bridge. 

References

Attack on Devitt's Drapery 1920 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Census 1911: Tommy & Kate Devitt Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Census 1901: Tommy & Kate Devitt Ireland VIEW SOURCE
1845 OS #12 Old Town Street Ireland VIEW SOURCE

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