An Observation on Belle Lake by Mr. Poole

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Continuing the trend for this week of having a different collection featured each day we have a Poole image as today's offering. An unusual one from Arthur Henri in that there does not seem to be much point to this and he worked on commissions so it would be interesting what the attraction was? Where is it, what is it like now and could the fisherman among us spend some hours casting flies there?

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Between 1901 - 1954

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 0411

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    derangedlemur

    • 19/Aug/2021 07:29:47

    Streetview (maybe): goo.gl/maps/KXMJfgwSUDtDhM5y5

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    Skiappa.....v.i.p. (Volentieri In Pensione)

    • 19/Aug/2021 07:42:34

    SPECIAL AWARD ★★★★★ 5 stars for your photo... Seen in:..Flickr Hall of Fame Flickr Hall of Fame (Post 1 – Award 1)

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    an poc

    • 19/Aug/2021 08:33:48

    www.facebook.com/bellelaketrust/

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    O Mac

    • 19/Aug/2021 10:28:52

    There are 4 undigitalmatized photos taken by A. H. of a Miss Bosanquet of BelleLake taken 1917/18. Possibly taken while there and then.

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    John Spooner

    • 19/Aug/2021 10:38:42

    ¡Drowning klaxxxxxon! Cork Examiner - Thursday 29 August 1901

    FATAL LAKE. The history of Belle Lake, situate in the heart of Air Morns’s demesne, if it could be written, would be found be of unusual interest. It is a pretty sequestered stretch of water in subdued but rather romantic surroundings, and abounds with roach. A strange feature about it is that even on the calmest day in summer its surface is always ruffled. some it is believed that in parts the lake it is impossible to sound the bottom, while others of a superstitious turn of mind associate the spot with all sorts of evil stories. A strange fact that Mr William Morris, elder brother of the present owner of the demesne, and uncle Mr. Jellicoe, who was drowned a few days ago, also came his death in the same lake while bathing about twenty-five years ago. The waters were once used as waters of baptism a band of enthusiasts styled the Strangwanites called after their leader, who was well known in Waterford. During the ceremonial rites these on one occasion one of their number Andrew Blackrane, was drowned. Since then Dr Strangwan and his followers never again used Belle Lake a font of baptism.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Aug/2021 11:09:40

    In the 1911 census, Belle Lake House (at left of the Lemur's streetview) was occupied by Helen Bosanquet, Lady Farmer, and one son William. She had 2 other children. No, wrong house, see below.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Aug/2021 11:17:58

    William's full name was William Henry Joseph Sherlock Bosanquet, and his older sisters, (one or both presumably O Mac's portraits) were Amelia Mary Helen born 1891 and Pauline Mary Catherine, 1892. In 1911, Amelia and Pauline are with their father John Bernard in Kilmeaden

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Aug/2021 11:26:22

    I think this is taken from the shore in front of Belle Lake House, and may be from a visit connected to the portraits. No, I am wrong, I think the Bosanquets lived in Lake View house, not Belle Lake House. Helen died there at 87 in 1953, and Amelia at 76 in 1967. If I have the angles right, Lake View house is in the trees in this photo.

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    derangedlemur

    • 19/Aug/2021 12:16:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I reckon you have the angles right. The shingle beach in the photo is marked on the 25" so I think it's taken from in front and right of Belle Lake House, looking diagonally left across it, if you see what I mean - i.e. Belle Lake House is at the viewer's 9 o'clock.

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Aug/2021 12:31:55

    John B A Bosanquet, of Kilmeaden, is RC and divorced in the 1911 www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Waterford/Kilme... Would that have been unusual in those times? Bellelake on the 25" of 1904 arcg.is/0j15Lu

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Aug/2021 13:09:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Before independence, divorce was available in Ireland on the same terms as in the UK generally, meaning an Act of Parliament was needed per divorce, so it was restricted to the very well off/well connected. Extra rare among Roman Catholics I would think, as they would need a church annulment as well to stay in the churches good graces, which at least on paper should be out of the question with three grown children. I notice that Helen Bosanquet is recorded as Married in the census vs. John who is Divorced.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Aug/2021 13:32:52

    This might be a complete red herring, but is worth mentioning for the literary connection ... In 1903, Edmund Downey, proprietor and editor of the 'Waterford News', wrote a novel 'Clashmore', which made reference to a 'Bell [sic] Lake' and and underground connection to 'Rhi-na-shark' [Rinnashark Harbour?]. A fishy tale about how a twelve foot shark got into the lake. Serialized in 1926 in the 'Catholic Press' (Sydney). Here is an installment from January 1926 with the Bell[sic] Lake bits highlighted - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/106260861?searchTerm=%... Strikes me that Mr Poole would have known Mr Downey and probably the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Downey www.hidden-gems.eu/waterford-downey.pdf catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=clashmore+edmund+...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Aug/2021 19:50:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well done on spotting the three men in the boat.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Aug/2021 21:26:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Another literary reference!