had the location identified within minutes. This is St Saviour's Church and The Tait Memorial clock in Limerick.
The Clock was first erected in 1867, it commemorates Sir Peter Tait who was mayor of Limerick from 1866 to 1868. Taits Clock is located in Bakers place across from the Dominican Cathedral. The architect of the clock was Charles Corbett. Though Sharon Corbet points out "Both the NIAH and the DIA claim that it was William Edward rather than Charles Corbett who designed the clock."
narrowed the date from its original 1860-1883 to between 1867 (or later) and 1870 (or earlier); quite a narrow date range for the stereo pair collection.
are not sure if the two faces of the clock are telling different times. If they are it could narrow the date range by a year or so:
The clock was damaged in a serious disturbance, probably during the elections in late 1868, but definitely before January 1869, when the ensuing enquiry took place, and it still wasn't working in August 1869 when the Corporation of Limerick invited tenders for its repair.
From info in the Limerick Reporter.
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: The Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection
Date: 1867 - 1870
NLI Ref: STP_1617
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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That's the Tait Memorial Clock, Baker Place in Limerick. Plus St. Saviour's Church.
The clock is from 1867, per the NIAH..
OSI Map of the square.
Per Sharon's NIAH link for the church, the roof was raised in the 1860s, and the rose window is new. You can see the cleaner stone towards the top.
Stil a lot of planks and rubble about, I'd say the alterations are just finishing.
From the DIA: Name: GOLDIE & CHILD # Building: CO. LIMERICK, LIMERICK, BAKER'S PLACE, CHURCH OF ST SAVIOUR (RC, DOMINICAN) Date: 1870 Nature: Reopened 13 Nov 1870. Totally remodelled inside and out. Work survised by M.A. Hennessy, CE, Limerick. Builder: McCarthy & Guerin. Refs: IB 12, 15 Dec 1870, 300,301(illus.)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I would agree Niall it must be close to the reopen date you mention.
Street view 2014: firstname.lastname@example.org,-8.627589,3a,75y,62.08h,102...
Damnit. Late again! We turned this one up a couple of dozen times looking for Downpatrick the other day.
First erected in 1867, Taits clock commemorates Sir Peter Tait who was mayor of Limerick from 1866 to 1868. Taits Clock is located in Bakers place across from a dominican Cathedral. The architect of the clock was Charles Corbett. Tait is a story of rags to to riches to near rags again, in Limerick, London, Shetland and Russia. He actually supplied uniforms to the Confederate government during the American Civil War!! See wiki.csisdmz.ul.ie/wiki/Tait%E2%80%99s_Clock
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] He did indeed make uniforms for many military formations and continued to do so right up to the '70's. The Tait factory was situated approx. one half mile from the clock on Edward Street beside the RIC/Garda station. They made British army uniforms for many years after Independence. Down to the right of St. Saviours was the old Mattersons factory where the famous Limerick ham was cured, peas and beans were canned and many Limerick people found employment. There was also a notorious shebeen whose name escapes me now where late nights were more the norm than early closing. The local justice had a soft spot for the old lady who ran the place and kept her licence going long after it should have been cancelled!
Clothing Factory on the GeoHive OSI 25" map.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The porch hasn't been added yet, though it's there in this Lawrence Collection shot. I can't find any sign of the porch being added later, separate to the alterations in the 1860s.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Well spotted - so the alterations are not finished - earlier then 1870, and the Clock is in place - 1867 or later. Tighter than the date range we can usually get on these!
"Sweet harmonious tones." How the Limerick Reporter described the new clock on 15th February 1867
It looks like the time is different on both of the faces we can see!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] If so (I wasn't sure), it could be a dating clue. The clock was damaged in a serious disturbance, probably during the elections in late 1868, but definitely before January 1869, when the ensuing enquiry took place, and it still wasn't working in August 1869 when the Corporation of Limerick invited tenders for its repair. From info in the Limerick Reporter.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner That would tie in well with https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley dating above.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Both the NIAH and the DIA claim that it was William Edward rather than Charles Corbett who designed the clock.