Lady Louise's Bridge, Lismore, Co. Waterford

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Where: R668, Co. Waterford, Ireland

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Today we have a very pleasant landscape from Waterford. I know Lismore is famous for the Munster Blackwater, but this river seems far too small to be it? All details on Lady Louise will also be very welcome.

With thanks especially to Jan Hilbrand Brink, Bernard Healy and beachcomberaustralia we've learned that Lady Louisa Caroline Cavendish (1835-1907) was the eldest daughter of the 7th Duke of Devonshire, whose family had acquired Lismore Castle in the 18th century. Lady Louisa apparently took over the household at a young age, and was responsible for laying out a number of walks around the demesne - clearly including the one that crossed this footbridge. O Mac and Niall McAuley have pinpointed it to within a mile or so of Lismore Castle - although now only the stone or concrete abutments remain...

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_09222

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Jan Hilbrand Brink

    • 15/Jun/2017 08:16:35

    Couldn't find Lady Louisa on Wikipedia. Her father's and her husband's pages mention her as Lady Louisa Caroline. From this page I gather there was a part of the Munster Blackwater, that her father was responsible for (see entry under: Lismore Weir 1898). Jan Hilbrand Brink.

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    O Mac

    • 15/Jun/2017 08:31:02

    25" OSI

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    • 15/Jun/2017 10:01:06

    The bridge in "Circa 1910" -

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    • 15/Jun/2017 10:05:55

    "An interpretation board [on Lady Louisa's Walk] provides some history of Lady Louisa Cavendish. Eldest child of the 7th Duke of Devonshire, when her mother died in 1840 at age 28, Louisa, then only 14, took over the running of the household. A lover of nature and walking, she improved the gardens and created many trails along the Blackwater, some of which have since been subsumed by nature." From -

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    • 15/Jun/2017 10:09:18

    One of her brothers was Lord Frederick Cavendish, a victim of the Phoenix Park murders in 1882 -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Jun/2017 10:44:23

    The bridge is gone, but the stone piers are still there in Streetview It is just about a mile from Lismore Castle.

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    • 15/Jun/2017 12:26:13

    It looks like the conifers on the left are still flourishing. A portrait of the young Lady Louisa - and a photo in 1861 -

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Jun/2017 22:45:05

    Excellent inputs as usual all. Thanks [] [[email protected]] [] [] and []! Map, tags, etc all duly updated. I've also added it to the "no longer standing" album...

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    • 16/Jun/2017 00:28:34

    Congrats on explore, great photo!

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    @PAkDocK /

    • 16/Jun/2017 01:43:55

    Very nice indeed. Keep up the good work

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    • 16/Jun/2017 03:03:56

    Congrats !!

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    • 16/Jun/2017 04:02:09

    Das ist super.

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    abandoned railways

    • 16/Jun/2017 19:38:27

    Its very clearly gated, on the opposite side to the demesne.