Monday, July 12, 2010

Piltown, Kilkenny

The Ponsonby Tower was built by Frederick Ponsonby, the Third Earl of Bessborough in memory of his son, Federick Cavendish Ponsonby, who was assumed lost during the Peninsular War (1808-1814). The tower was left unfinished however when he returned home in 1815.
In its second incarnation an upper level was added to house a tank for its use as a water tower.
The tower, now in disuse, stands as a roundabout at the edge of Piltown.

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