Blake’s Bridge, the old bridge over the Awbeg River in Buttevant, is a curiosity. Many years ago it was widened, but not too much. It now presents two different faces. The arches on the south side are pointed, while those on the north – the more modern – are round.
The original breadth was about one-third of the present. The masonry is antique in character and similar to that of the nearby Franciscan Friary.
From Buttevant Bridge, you can see Buttevant Mill and the weir. Almost certainly, the mill and weir had been in existence for some hundreds of years before the Normans arrived in the 12th century.