Crosthwaite Park, Kingstown, Co. Dublin

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A shot of a suburban scene in an exclusive area of Kingstown, as it was then known, in County Dublin. The beauty of the seascape, the proximity to the city centre and the easy access to the first railway in Ireland all make this area still very desirable. What was it about Crosthwaite Park though that attracted Robert French to take such shots?

Niall McAuley tells us that this part of Dún Laoghaire was developed in the 1860s and 1870s, so it is possible that they were relatively new when this photo was taken. Sharon.corbet and Dún Laoghaire Micheál offer some extra information on the namesake developer, John Crosthwaite (1794-1884) who was a local - with Dún Laoghaire Micheál going so far as to source an article on the reading of his will. The houses surrounding the park were seemingly home to a number of influential names over the years, so it may be its grandeur, relative newness, or the prestige address that prompted this shot....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_05555

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    • 07/Sep/2017 07:57:27

    Tennis courts out of season ?

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    • 07/Sep/2017 08:46:39

    Nothing on the OSI to suggest it's interesting.,724410,727867,11,9

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Sep/2017 08:47:14


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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Sep/2017 08:51:58

    the DIA has a reference to a house to let on Crosthwaite Park in 1862.

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    • 07/Sep/2017 10:13:09

    The Dun Laoghaire local wiki has a little bit of info. Including the developer, John Crosthwaite.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 07/Sep/2017 10:21:10

    From the Annals of Dún Laoghaire - "John Crosthwaite (1794-1884) the developer of Crosthwaite Park was a chairman of Kingstown Town Commissioners, and lived at Crosthwaite Hall, Lower Glenageary Road for some time. Among other things, he built the Royal Victorian Baths at Queens Road. These baths were demolished in the early years of the 20th century to facilitate the widening of the road. He was also responsible for the development of sea baths at Salthill, now long gone. He laid the foundation stone for the Courthouse and Town Hall, designed by John Loftus Robinson. Local residents have included:- Bob Geldorf Joshua Pim John Millington Synge" Sce:

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 07/Sep/2017 10:22:01


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    • 07/Sep/2017 10:23:05

    Dublin’s Bourgeois Homes: Building the Victorian Suburbs, 1850-1901 has a section on Crosthwaite Park: (Google Books which may or may not work). The East side at least was built by different local builders, for example, 8, 10 & 12 were designed by Peter Joseph Moran.

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    • 07/Sep/2017 10:28:04

    DLR also has some info on Crosthwaite Park, featuring this image, which they dated to the last decade of the 19th C. They also have various OSI Maps showing the houses.

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    • 07/Sep/2017 10:33:53

    It does look lovely. Sort of like the Peter Pan family idyll. As far as I know, and maybe things have changed, but just outside the railings of that park is where driver's working in Dun Laoghaire generally park their cars as it's still free.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 07/Sep/2017 10:48:35

    eek! O hope this is not the same builder . . Untitled-1_10.psd

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 07/Sep/2017 11:13:13

    His Will . . . Untitled-1_11.psd

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    • 07/Sep/2017 12:03:54

    Where is everybody? Not even a dog. The reverse view has a ghost near the lamp post -

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Sep/2017 19:57:06

    Thanks all. Including[email protected] for the local insight - certainly living up to your Flickr handle today :) Map, tags, text, etc all update :)

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    O Mac

    • 07/Sep/2017 22:11:58

    I'd assume the park was laid out when the terrace was built. The larger Sycamore tree's look to be 20/30 years old which would place the photo from around 1890?