Continuing Imperial Week
and a visit to the Four Courts area of Dublin at the time of the construction of this, the Records Court
whatever that may have meant. What should make this photograph interesting is that this is the 100th anniversary of the Civil War which was kick started by the occupation and later siege of the Four Courts. Let's see what emerges?
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1865 - 1914
NLI Ref: L_IMP_0008
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
The Public Records Office ?? Completed in 1867 - "... Built between 1864 and 1866, it consisted of a three-storey over-basement Record House with staff offices, a caretaker’s apartment, a library, a binding room and a public reading room. Behind the Record House was the Record Treasury, an enormous six-storey building containing 100,000 square feet of shelving with records accumulated over seven centuries. ... " www.nationalarchives.ie/2021commemorationprogramme/public...
It looks brand spanking; no hint of pigeon and weather damage. And a very low catalogue number L_IMP_0008. I wonder if there is a matching stereo pair ...
A history of the buildings youtu.be/ms1YuXL58Qc youtu.be/5PDSQOKpE3I This video includes an account of which documents were and were not lost in the fire. Lost records included the the 1821/31/41/51 Census records. However, the 1861/71/91 Census records were not lost in the fire but pulped by the British government in 1919 to provide paper for the war effort. The 1901/11 escaped as they weren't stored there yet. The historic OSI maps also escaped as they were stored in the Park. I think the UK records also suffered a similar fate. On the right is the Record House, on the left is the Record Treasury where the records were stored. Connecting the two was an ‘isolation’ section intended to stop the spread of fire between the two sections
Architecture of Dublin
reinstate it i say
Via Trove from 1867 - "Mr Samuel Ferguson, Q.C., an Irish poet of some reputation, the author of the 'Forging of the Anchor' and other pieces, and a former frequent contributor to magazine literature, has been appointed head of the new Record Office in Dublin, at a salary of £800 a year." See - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/185505254?searchTerm=d... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Ferguson Edit - "In 2020, the relative wage or income worth of £800 0s 0d from 1867 is: £526,000.00 using the average earnings" www.measuringworth.com/calculators/ukcompare/result.php?y...
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] More like £63,000 using the BoE calculator www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/inflation/inflati...
News from the other end of the payscale, I assume. Dublin Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 29 March 1881 announced
What a beautiful building. I didn’t realise that records were still being stored there. It was such an enormous tragedy that the records of seven centuries of our history were needlessly destroyed, never to be replaced. War has no winners.
The ruins of the Record Treasury https://flic.kr/p/2nEUC5Y
I had a very different view of the reconstructed building! When I came to Dublin first in 1968 I was stationed and living in the Bridewell which you can just see in https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] photo of the ruins above. We had our bedrooms, former cells, on the top floor and looked out at the back of the Four Courts and the Land Registry. I knew that it had been blown up and there were still bullet holes around the place but the sight of the wreckage is still shocking!
Pathe News film of the shelling ifiarchiveplayer.ie/shelling-of-the-four-courts/
Virtual Records Treasury youtu.be/CXuExly6dl4
As already said, it looks brand new, so propose 1867
🎶 Don't it always seem to go You don't know what you got 'til it's gone ... Joni MItchell Can anyone read the title near the barrels? I think it says - "THE RECORD COURT, DUBLIN, 8. W. L." Nearby in the Imperial numbers are other early photos of Dublin landmarks and the Four Courts, EXCEPT for a 'wildcard', L_IMP_0005, which has anachronistic electric tram poles and posters (c. 1900). What is going on with the Imperial plates??!! catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000331252
Interior view of Treasury https://flic.kr/p/2nEZcnk