Near Blackpitts once lay an enormous tannery, the biggest in the city. Nearby was an ancient medieval double-mill, complete with mill pond. Overall this is among the richest archaeological, most historic sites in Dublin. The key to understanding it is water. A separate article on my blog this month explores how the river Tymon rises… Read More of Double Mills & Dutch Billies, Tanneries & whiskey.
Just a week or two after leading our first Dublin Decoded architectural tour of the Grangegorman area back last August last year (2016) I re-stumbled across this amazing map. You may already know it. It’s Daniel Edward Heffernan’s Map of Dublin from 1861, quite a well known image. Looking closely what impresses the viewer is… Read More Heffernan’s 1861 Map; images & institutions, NW Dublin City walk.
I nearly called this post “Before the Roads”. That’s because road widening schemes have been one of the biggest enemies of old Dublin. Literally hundreds, thousands, of old historic houses have been pulled down to allow for the huge road schemes. Of nowhere is that loss more acute, more extensive, or sadder than the very… Read More Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.
John Roque’s famed map of Dublin (detail above) is a genuine work of genius, and one of the best maps made of any city in 18th century Europe. Today it forms a superb and indispensable resource for anyone interested in Dublin, its streets, buildings its religious, cultural, social or political history. Just one example of… Read More Roque’s map, that endless treasure trove.