Dublin, but where? Main Street in Blackrock!

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 01 January 1875

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Hoped this would strike one of you as familiar immediately, but the streetscape and church tower were not ringing bells for me (if you'll pardon the pun). Tin of beans solved the mystery in jig time - this is Main Street, Blackrock.

Sadly, very few of the business names are clear enough to make out...

Lovely cart either picking up or delivering goods from John McGauran, Grocer of 31 & 32 Westland Row. And we have sidecar no. B58 or no. 858?

Date: 1860-1878

NLI Ref: STP_2008

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 07:59:54

    Wondering if that grocer at no. 2 might be Robert Ward? Shaking fist at placement of gas lamp!

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    O Mac

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:12:06

    Blackrock Co. Dublin maps.google.ie/maps?hl=en&ll=53.301956,-6.178369&...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:14:33

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] By George, I think you've got it! Did it look familiar to you straight away? Location Identified tag added - thank you.

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    O Mac

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:21:45

    I saw those spires from the top of a 7A for eight years."The foundation stone of the present parish church was laid on the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist, 24th June 1842 by Fr. Theobald Matthew OFM Cap., on a site donated by Lord Cloncurry (Valentine Lawless). It was opened for the use on 14th September 1845"

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:22:33

    Beaten to it! The church tower is quite distinctive. No tram-tracks, so it's before 1879.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:25:09

    Does anyone know if this street had another name before Main Street?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:27:06

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] And here you are making use of that valuable life experience - a good title for your autobiography! :)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 08:29:52

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I thank you, so 1860-1878? Given no advance construction work... What a coinkydink - looking at a fantastic horse-drawn Kingstown-Dublin tram at the moment!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Jun/2013 09:04:58

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] The 1837 OS 6" at GeoHive says this was Rock Street.

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    O Mac

    • 06/Jun/2013 09:29:31

    Ive been wondering about the date (1837) of the OSI map. It shows the Atmospheric Railway between Dunleary and Dalkey which was built 1845?.. ...anyway, I suppose that would be a 'porter' horse standing outside the 'Hotel and Tavern'....as opposed to a 'draught' horse?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 09:46:11

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Rock Street is much better than Main Street! No idea why "Main Street" took such a hold in Ireland. Shopkeepers trying to drum up business? Plus this is just up from more Bathing Places for Gentlemen and Ladies.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:12:10

    The buildings on the left are still recognizable (Wards is a pub called The Wicked Wolf in Streetview), but the Tavern at right is gone, replaced by some 1930s looking red brick shops.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:18:37

    The same scene ~1900, with an electric tram.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:25:21

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Chancing Robert Ward as a tag. Hoping it's not Vard. From 1901 census, it looks as if Rock Street had given way to Main Street...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:29:35

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley And James Quinn is now over the door at no. 2. That's one's a goodie. If you'd like it popped up here, just shout...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:35:41

    ... as the A said to the B

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:41:56

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia :D

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    O Mac

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:41:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Ward, Vard? ...could be Ford.

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    Swordscookie

    • 06/Jun/2013 10:48:28

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Robert Bird??? Ask Charlie?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 11:07:10

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Right, hastily removing Robert Ward from tags! In case he was Vard, Ford, Bird, Bard, Lord...

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    Gerry Ward

    • 06/Jun/2013 11:10:52

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland My great-great-great uncle Robert will be disappointed!

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    O Mac

    • 06/Jun/2013 11:11:37

    There was a butchers shop on that same corner up to the mid 90's. now EBS. Unusual verandah still exists.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jun/2013 11:24:11

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward Don't tease me with your great-great-great uncle Robert! :) Oooh, it could be Hurd...

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    Foxglove

    • 06/Jun/2013 17:31:43

    Main Street :-) Once in Dublin I asked an elderly (old joker) man the directions to Amiens Street. Responding that this was amain street - that over there was amain street - in fact Dublin was full of amain streets ! I finally did get to Connolly Station :-)

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    O Mac

    • 06/Jun/2013 21:42:07

    There's no Findlater's clock? and the name over the four awnings at the top of the street looks like it could be 'magrath & c '

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Jun/2013 15:43:18

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks, Magrath in the tags.

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    ☼NUWANDA☿

    • 06/Jul/2014 20:15:32

    bella

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    jaimecasallas

    • 23/Jul/2014 02:06:43

    muy interesante , es como retroceder en el tiempo , fotos blanco y negro , que bien 1

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    fresh step

    • 28/Jul/2014 14:17:11

    Absolutely awesome photography

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    krapitfregate

    • 20/Nov/2014 16:32:53

    i think the horse in the foreground on the right was called Liberty, but i'm not sure.

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    zielfa.maslin

    • 31/Dec/2014 09:35:31

    LOVE THE PHOTO of bygone years, the pattern of the wheels of carts denoting heavy traffic, I hope to the library but where is the library?

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    denoneno

    • 31/Dec/2014 18:39:37

    The Blackrock Carnegie Library (Town Hall) is still there. Up the Main street to the left as you look at the above photo. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YhTC2WGs_E4/UQf-uwnLUtI/AAAAAAAAAdc/C5wW64-x0EE/s1600/old+blackrock+-+postcard.jpg" />

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jan/2016 06:53:20

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