Waterfoot, Co. Antrim, late 19th century

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Where: Northern Ireland, Antrim, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1890

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This photo was taken in the late 19th century, probably by Robert French, chief photographer of William Lawrence Photographic Studios of Dublin.

You can compare this view with its companion photo next door taken approximately 100 years later as part of the Lawrence Photographic Project 1990/1991, where one thousand photographs from the Lawrence Collection in the National Library of Ireland were replicated a hundred years later by a team of volunteer photographers, thereby creating a record of the changing face of the selected locations all over Ireland.

For further information on the Lawrence Photographic Project, read all about it on our NLI Blog.

Our thanks to beachcomberaustralia for an image of Waterfoot produced using Google Earth.

Date: Circa 1890

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_02300


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 30/Apr/2012 08:03:23

    Oh my goodness this is Beautiful. And still Beautiful in 1990 from Your stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6981329372/in/photostream

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    • 30/Apr/2012 08:39:47

    It is great to compare 'Then', 'then', and 'now'. Google Maps Street View is too low down - g.co/maps/tn6wr . The Google Earth plugin produced this - [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/7127624061/]

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    • 30/Apr/2012 09:30:38

    Nice one Carol, good shot and nice story to go with it!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Apr/2012 10:32:16

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Absolutely too low down. I think we may well need to encourage Google to do Hill View for some of the Lawrence Photographic Project images that we'll be uploading over the next 31 weeks. We're going alphabetically, so today's was A is for Antrim.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Apr/2012 10:41:09

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoken04 Thanks, Ken.

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    • 30/Apr/2012 12:08:10

    Very good, Carol. I love the then&now shot comparisons. Hoefully more to come.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Apr/2012 14:15:06

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/32428096@N05 Definitely! Lawrence Photographic Project Then & Nows will be going up once a week, probably on a Wednesday. Next week will be Armagh...

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    • 01/May/2012 23:46:17

    Are there that many Z city's in Ireland? :)

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    Jared Enos

    • 08/May/2017 14:31:49

    Yet another one done! www.flickr.com/photos/jenoscolor/33722189713/in/dateposte...

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    Jared Enos

    • 08/May/2017 14:32:12

    This is an amazing collection, by the way. French was a skillful photographer

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/May/2017 22:28:34

    Great - a fine piece of colouring work https://www.flickr.com/photos/jenoscolor - Thanks!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Sep/2022 15:29:45

    Just admiring this in megazoom, and I see that the building beyond the bridge on the left is called James McAuley (no relation) and looks to have a Post Office sign over the door. James is 55 in the 1901 census. His wife and assistant, Catherine, is 48. In 1911, the whole town is as Gaeilge.