In John Rocque’s famous 1756 map of Dublin , we can see Luke Gardiner the elder’s new Sackville St, with his “Gardiner’s Mall” in the centre. It was where O’Connell St Upper is today (Running North from Earl St to Parnell St) It did not run south of Earl St. There instead, was a much… Read More Mecklinburgh; Tyrone; Waterford; and gone – stories of change in Dublin city
at 2.25pm, Thursday afternoon, 11th Oct. 2018. Our Medieval Walls walk is a complete circuit and exploration of the medieval walls of Dublin, both in a physical sense, and as an exploration of the walls in the imagination; through conversation, story and historic detail. Once a palisade of wooden stakes erected from 841 by Dublin’s… Read More A walk around Dublin’s Medieval Walls.
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.
Here’s another detail from that extraordinary treasure trove and endless mine of information that is John Roque’s 1756 map of Dublin. This particular detail shows the location of the old city basin relative to nearby streets and buildings. The city basin has now been filed in of course. It sat or lay just west… Read More Dublin’s old City Basin, & 3 historic hospitals.
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.