The Mint, Carlingford

Map Reference: J189116 (3189, 3116)

This small three-storey tower-house is said to be the site of a mint established in 1467. The doorway is in the NE wall near the E corner. It has been partly reconstructed with some finely decorated stones. It is protected by a large machicolation at roof level. There are also fine crenellations.

The absence of any fireplace suggests that the castle may not have been used as a dwelling and the strength of the defences reinforces the idea that it may have been a mint.

There are some fine windows in the NE wall with hood moulds and mullions. They are richly decorated with pre-Norman motifs such as interlacing and animal and human heads.

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