Nos 4 to 1, Congress Place, British Legion Houses, Waterford

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When: 11 October 1948

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A commission for the Poole studio in 1948, 4 British Legion Houses in Waterford. The British Legion survived despite the antipathy towards all things British - but houses of this type may still have been a rarity(?)

The general consensus is that these houses were built in the early 1930s (given the name which evokes the 1932 Eucharistic Congress), and were indeed home to ex-service men. Despite the apparent cracks in the plaster here, they were built stoutly enough that they are still a firm feature on Congress Place today.....

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date:ca. 11 October 1948


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    • 27/Feb/2019 08:55:51

    11 October 1948 was a Monday ...

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    • 27/Feb/2019 09:01:00

    Streetview - I think the bus stop has moved a fraction !

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    abandoned railways

    • 27/Feb/2019 09:11:46

    There are 3 rows of houses in this style, semi-terraced with a distinctive Gable on one end only.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Feb/2019 09:39:48

    Super speedy. Thanks []. I've added a map placeholder for now. The houses still look pretty spanking new in this shot. Do we think the man on the left is a workman or resident?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Feb/2019 09:40:52

    I'm guessing Congress Place was named for the Eucharistic Congress of 1932. Not on the 25", the road and these houses first appear on the 1930s 6" Cassini at the OSI.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Feb/2019 09:45:58

    Being 10+ years in place seems to me to fit with the mature gardens and the window frames in need of painting.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Feb/2019 09:48:04

    [] The bus stop has moved back to the inside edge of the pathway - you can still see the mark where it used to stand on that streetview!

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    • 27/Feb/2019 10:00:37

    [] There is another row of four on the opposite side of the street; the right hand one still has the old iron fence and gate, and a somewhat sad roof - [] Well spotted - great post!

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    Luís Henrique Boucault

    • 27/Feb/2019 12:00:28

    Very nice shot! Well done!

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    • 27/Feb/2019 15:28:21

    [] The guy is holding a Hawk, a tool used by plasterers.

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    • 28/Feb/2019 01:32:57

    [] The wind must have been southerly ;-)

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    • 28/Feb/2019 12:24:30

    I like it.

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    • 28/Feb/2019 18:48:39

    These houses were built for ex soldiers and as Niall mentioned above they were named in honor of the Eucharistic Congress. I believe I actually worked on the first house on the right back in the early 1980’s.

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    • 07/Apr/2019 17:54:40

    Two-up two-down possibly. 'Mind the' drip. Home Tidy Home.