We are in Waterford again today the home city of Mr A.H. Poole. I wonder if this is the studio where all of our fantastic Poole portraits were taken or is it just an outlet for the products we can see in the window?
Today's discussion focused on what may have prompted Poole to capture this shot of his premises on the Quay in Waterford, immediately adjacent to the historic Reginald's Tower
. Possibly it had recently been renovated - an "after" shot to compare to the "before
" also in the catalogue. In any event, while we've focused in the past on Poole's photographic studio at 34 The MalI
, we hadn't really paid much attention to his shop/outlet - which lay just around the corner at 134 the Quay. As our contributors point-out, some of the Poole images we've shared over the years were taken from the upper windows
of both these premises...
Photographer: A. H. Poole
Collection: Poole Photographic Studio
Date: c.1901-1954. But likely first decade or so of 20th C (1910+/-)
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 0363
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
Source: Flickr Commons
At least in 1910, the studio was around the corner at 34, the Mall. The 1901 and 1911 censuses also puts the studio on the Mall.
On the other hand, at least at one point there may have been a photographic studio at 134, the Quay - see the big ad on the side of the building. This could still be referring to the one on the Mall.
Boo! There is a ghostly scratched-out figure in the door at left - see megazoom™ and note - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000590273
The tower stands alone today after the demolition of these shops: streetview
In this archived Eason shot the shop next door is under different management. ...ROY &LAFFAN. In this Lawrence it is simply O'GRADY, no E.
Edward O'Grady was here in 1901 (Hairdresser/barber shop). Next door (this shop, #15) was a Stationary Shop, but no name is recorded. The 1911 census records no name for either shop (Given as Not inhabited).
I'm inclined to think this is 1901-1911 - the upper floors of O'Grady's look occupied to me, with windows open and net curtains.
At some point it became the Cooperative Store.
1894 Waterford Directory has E. O'Grady at 133, and T. Alcock, Grocer at 134 Parade Quay.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Interesting - that Co-operative storefront had to be before Poole's - it is physically smaller. In the megazoom, I see a poster for Mr. Poole on the Mall!
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I was just looking at that - a pity it's not just a midge clearer. Also interesting are the photos linked - "hole in the wall in 134", etc. Possibly they're photos taken before buying/renting the premises.
Here is a curious one, a Poole photo of a hole in a wall, 134 the Quay. Another, of a hole in the floor. Was Mr. Poole doing a photo survey before buying/letting/refurbishing #134? [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Snap!
There's also a photo of a Royal Visit that looks like it was taken an upper window.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Edward VII visited Waterford in 1904, and Mr. Poole was evidently at one of these windows...
In the alternative frontage view of #134 ("Cooperative stores"), the promotional wording over the door ("this is the house for [...] best views of the city"] is very similar to the wording on the windows of the studio at #34 ("Messrs A.H. Poole 34 The Mall"). I would wonder whether Poole had a strong interest in the premises and store - even before his name was more obviously etched over the door....
That's the Reginald's Tower? Viking edifice? neato! We've seen it before, www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6846053821/
This is another view of the shop in a Poole postcard from around 1900 Poole's first premises was in Rose Lane behind what was then the Imperial Hotel.
I haven't been to Waterford for a while, but it was only til I saw the recent StreetView that I realised how much "breathing room" Reginald's Tower now has. The Streetviews between 2009 and 2014 are dramatically different....
Greetings Flickroonies, wherever you are! We're hoping that you'll help us out with our exhibition survey here at Library Towers aka the National Library of Ireland. All the info is here for you, and we'd really love your input on our future exhibition programme...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/ The hole in the floor photo you linked to above makes more sense if turned upside down. I believe it is actually a hole in the ceiling.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks all! Map/tags/etc all updated :)
An older name for Reginald's Tower was the Ring tower. It got its name from a circular fort that once stood next to it on the river bank. Cannon mounted on the fort defended Waterford during the assault on the city by Perkin Warbeck in 1497 and sank two of his ships in the process. irisharchaeology.ie/2014/05/irelands-oldest-cannon/
Earlier photo now on Flickr (29/11/21) - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/51712719043/in/dateposted/
ofarrl Poole gave Rose Lane as his address at the birth of Violet Poole in 1888, and for Vyvvyan Rodolphus in 1890, the Mall
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Poole's first studio in Waterford was at Rose Lane where he set up the Waterford Photographic Company. This is a carte de visite from that studio