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Where: Leinster, Ireland

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When: 01 March 1865

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The doors to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin from the Stereo Pairs Collection seen in very fine detail, and with the added bonus of posters on the doors that may help with dating, etc.

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: 1860-1883 Around Sunday, 19 March 1865

NLI Ref: STP_0808

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/Apr/2021 07:55:51

    The upper poster "Lent Preachers" says 1865 on it, and the lower one refers to Sunday next, 19th March. 19th March 1865 was indeed a Sunday.

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    derangedlemur

    • 14/Apr/2021 08:14:30

    Judging by the steps in the background it's from inside looking out, though the steps seem to be slightly different now: goo.gl/maps/8rZJyVidmLxTC7na6 Edit: No it is outside looking in - the angel above the door is on the outside. goo.gl/maps/sQdZfNneDmRAU1wg8

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    derangedlemur

    • 14/Apr/2021 08:16:50

    The "steps" are actually that tomb all the way over on the far wall.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Apr/2021 08:21:51

    There's a Female Orphan House marked on the 25", at the junction of the NCR and Annamoe Road. The Orphanage and associated church are gone, replaced by the ugly modern Park House.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Apr/2021 08:26:48

    At wikipedia, and a longer page at historyeye. The charity's own history page. 7 entries at the DIA, dated 1792-1937.

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    robinparkes

    • 14/Apr/2021 08:54:50

    My only connection with St. Patrick's is that a brother in law is one of the volunteer guides. A truly magnificent building inside and out.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Apr/2021 09:01:50

    FEMALE ORPHAN HOUSE North Circular Road The Annual SERMON In Support of this Institution will (D.V.) be Preached in St. Patrick's Cathedral On Sunday next, 19th of March By His Grace the Lord Archbishop of Dublin Divine Service to commence at 3 o'clock

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Apr/2021 09:03:30

    The Archbishop at the time was quite new: Known as Richard Trench until 1873 when his surname changed to Chenevix Trench. Nominated on 18 December 1863 and consecrated on 1 January 1864. During his episcopate the Church of Ireland was disestablished on 1 January 1871. Resigned on 28 November 1884 and died on 28 March 1886.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Apr/2021 09:32:00

    An oldie and goodie! Evidently the cathedral had only just re-opened (24 February 1865) after a massive restoration. 'Read All About It' as if it was yesterday via Trove - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/31849107?searchTerm=du... Of interest - www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/the-history-of-the-building/ , including - "... Between 1860 and 1865 the Cathedral was closed for massive restoration and repair. Work concentrated on the nave and the transepts. A new ceiling was added to the nave. (Previously visitors could see up into the roof space of the building.) As a result, the height of the west window was reduced. The floor of the nave was raised to the same level of the Choir. Probably the greatest interior change to the building was the removal of the screens which separated the nave, choir and transepts. Benjamin Lee Guinness did not feel that these were in keeping with a post-reformation Cathedral where the clergy and congregation were treated as equals. In 1865 the Cathedral was reopened in an elaborate ceremony at which Benjamin Lee Guinness was presented with a book of thanks compiled of signatures from representatives of the Cathedral and from citizens of the city. Overall Guinness spent approximately 150,000 pounds on the restoration of the building."

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Apr/2021 09:58:07

    Seems to me that the renovations would have provided a great incentive to commission a series of Stereo Pairs from Fred, Jim, and John. I am finding the NLI website impossibly slow today, but someone will find out how many STPs there are with the cathedral looking shiny and new; probably all from March 1865 ?

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    derangedlemur

    • 14/Apr/2021 11:58:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia They seem to have taken the opportunity to do a national tour of cathedrals then. There's 585 tagged as cathedral in 1865, and if the first page is anything to go by, not many of them are of St Patrick's.

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Apr/2021 12:04:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] At least another 5, most with very good 3-D effect.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Apr/2021 21:58:58

    [next day!] The NLI website is working well for me this morning ... There is a FANTASTIC numerical sequence of 20+ STPs with the cathedral interior looking shiny, new, and uncluttered, from STP_0806 to STP_0827. And probably others not in the numerical sequence. These two (in sequence) look like 'before and after' - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564122 (STP_0805) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564123 (STP_0806) What a fabulous photographic record of the newly renovated cathedral, if they are all taken in March 1865.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Apr/2021 22:02:08

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] How is this one in 3D? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564141

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    John Spooner

    • 15/Apr/2021 06:19:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia It's very effective - there's a real impression of depth.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 15/Apr/2021 08:00:06

    Superb shot!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Apr/2021 09:44:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] *organ bore alert* This STP shows the then new Bevington 3-manual organ console and some dummy(?) pipes up close to the high altar; an unusual and impractical position, imho. Replaced with the current Willis instrument in 1902. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000566039

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Apr/2021 09:57:04

    Is this one the cathedral choir before restoration (with the old organ on a choir screen)? Or is it mis-titled? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000564036