Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, late 19th century

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Where: Carlow, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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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. It features a laughing, or at least smiling, policeman!

Compare this view of Bagenalstown with its companion photo taken by photographer Padraig J. Laffan (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.

Date: 1900?

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_10417

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2012 07:46:30

    Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/May/2012 07:55:41

    I think the bicycle suggests 1900 rather than 1890...

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 23/May/2012 10:24:45

    Where are all the chimney pots? Have they been blooped-out by the photographer?

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    ClickKen04

    • 23/May/2012 15:20:20

    Yeah, the Chimney Pots are conspicuous in their absence, thieves stealing Pots (note careful Grammatical spelling)!!!!

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    DannyM8

    • 23/May/2012 15:23:06

    Σκύλος που δεν

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    anthony1928 (Have A Great Day)

    • 23/May/2012 16:32:17

    Great image and capture.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/May/2012 17:48:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thanks for the geolocating, and happy to go along with your suggested 1900 date...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/May/2012 17:49:17

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoolbeach http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoken04 Hmmm! Mystery of the Missing Chimney Pots...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/May/2012 07:28:53

    Irish Chimney Pot Tax? ;-)

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    Joefuz

    • 24/May/2012 20:55:24

    The local constabulary are on the case of the missing chimney pots. They seem to be eyeing the photographer...

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    excellentzebu1050

    • 18/Jun/2013 20:53:47

    Fantastic picture !!!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jun/2015 05:59:08

    Hi All, I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Dec/2019 15:42:23

    Henry Kelly (shop at right) was 60 in 1901. Ann Maher next door ran a fruit shop, where here I see a faded bakery. Henry Kelly is still there in 1911, and next door is a Barber.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Dec/2019 15:48:31

    The building face on in the distance has writing in the window, and I think it says Ingersoll Watch, which suggests a date after 1900? Looking up Ingersoll watches, I read: In 1905, Ingersoll began selling in England with the Crown pocket watch. I could easily be convinced that the window sign reads Ingersoll 5 shilling watch.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Dec/2019 15:58:35

    Likewise policemen in forage caps are after 1900.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Dec/2019 16:11:59

    Ah, in 1894 Slaters, Henry Kelly is given as a Baker and Draper, hence the faded sign.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Apr/2021 13:11:50

    Reverse view, same day (per the man on the ladder). No help with dates, the Ingersoll 5/- watch of 1905 is the best we have. Creels and wheels and Peelers...