This is an important day in Library Towers, your normal Morning Mary is off on her travels, please join with me to wish her Bon Voyage
, I hope she has a great time. So here you are, stuck with me for the next few weeks. Before we get to the photographs, I would like to remind everyone that today is my birthday and that all types of Sticky Buns
(virtual and otherwise) will be gratefully received.
We are off to Dublin Castle today, just a 15 minute walk from here, to pay a rare visit to the Wiltshire Collection. I for one know little about the Genealogical Office and I am looking forward to learning a lot more presently.
And with thanks to everyone's contributions, learn something we did :) While captured by Elinor Wiltshire in the 1960s, the main building and clocktower here (Bedford Tower) dates from two hundred years earlier, c.1760. And is in the "upper yard" of the Dublin Castle complex
- which was likely at least initially laid-out by then Surveyor General
, Edward Lovett Pearce
. He didn't see the tower built however. It was completed in the 1750s/60s and named after the Duke of Bedford
, then Lord Lieutenant. As our contributors point-out, the statue over the righthand gate (Lady Justice - with her face to the courtyard and her back to the populace outside) has been the subject of more than one wag's (somtimes poetic) commentary
on how the castle's occupants considered those outside its gates....
Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire
Collection: Wiltshire Photographic Collection
NLI Ref: WIL 29
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