Stereo view of tennis court with a doubles match taking place, large house in the background

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Where: 18, Ailesbury Wood, Ailesbury Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

When: Unknown

Apologies for the delay in posting this morning! This image had me fooled, as if I needed it, as I took it to be from the "Stereo Pairs" collection. It is, as you can see, from the Clonbrock Collection and possibly taken by the uncle in the bowler hat we had on here some time ago. Is it FitzWilliam?

With thanks to O Mac (corrberated by sharon.corbet, Niall McAuley and guliolopez) it is confirmed that this scene was captured at Ailesbury Road in Dublin. At the time of this image (likely within a decade or so of the turn of the 20th century), it was home to the Meldon family. Who lived at No.31 during the 1911 census. Some of the Meldon family were, as we see here, keen tennis players. And indeed Louis Albert Meldon went on contest the Davis Cup for Ireland more than once. While Ailesbury Road is still very much one of the country's most desirable addresses (the capital's "embassy row" and 2nd most expensive Monopoly square, where every square yard is worth a fortune), evidence of these tennis courts seems to remain....


Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1930. Perhaps close to middle of that range.

NLI Ref: CLON1856

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Apr/2017 08:41:27

    This was the image I had in mind and which we posted some time ago! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/28609666392]

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    A. P. L.

    • 10/Apr/2017 09:07:03

    I have a feeling that they are in fact playing badminton....

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    O Mac

    • 10/Apr/2017 09:15:27

    I've a feeling that this could be from the Meldon series. That is the back of this house on Ailesbury Road, Ballsbridge, Co Dublin. Osi 25"

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Apr/2017 09:48:06

    [https:[email protected]] I think you're right - this being the other side of the door in the wall.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Apr/2017 09:50:32

    Bing aerial view of the back of these houses.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Apr/2017 09:56:09

    NIAH no help here, but it looks to me as if the house to our left is not here? May be dateable if we can date that house... That house is on the 1907 25", so are we before that date?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Apr/2017 10:13:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The Meldons were living in number 31 Ailesbury Road in 1901 (Louis Meldon Sr. on the front steps) which is part of the block on the left. (Second house of four).

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    guliolopez

    • 10/Apr/2017 11:09:42

    Seems pretty solid to me also [https:[email protected]],[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley], and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]. It is perhaps clearer in the Bing Maps Aerial view that Niall links, but it looks like there's still the remnants of a tennis court in the same spot...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Apr/2017 12:08:28

    In the 1901 census the houses are numbered up to 43, suggesting that #45, the house next these three similar blocks of four, was not built, as we see here. So 1907 is a latest date (25"), and 1901 census is no help except to confirm that #45 was built at a different and later date to 31. (1911 census lists #45 and #47, but we know from the map that they are there by then...)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Apr/2017 12:27:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The rooflines and chimneys don't match #43, but they do match #27. I'm inclined to think that #29 is just out of sightline to the left.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 10/Apr/2017 12:51:55

    Stereogranimator stereo.nypl.org/view/91591

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    O Mac

    • 10/Apr/2017 13:12:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] That timber fence/gate is where the Ailesbury Woods road is now. Notice house on far right above ( clearer in right hand image of pair) does not have a rear extension which matches here on the OSI.. Meldons house No.31 is out of shot to the left. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] That ivy covered door is similar to but not Meldons. ( but sure you know that )

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Apr/2017 15:49:23

    I think you guys are right, which means my dating efforts are wrong.

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Apr/2017 16:42:41

    as it's in stereo is this an example of two men playing with themselves.??!!! ahem

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    silverio10

    • 10/Apr/2017 18:51:24

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Apr/2017 22:40:37

    Excellent - thanks all. It does look every bit the well-to-do street in this photo. Unsurprising therefore that it is one of the most expensive spots on the Irish Monopoly board :) The Meldon connection is also interesting - given Louis Jr's apparent (later?) successes in the sport. Having a back-garden court was clearly a boon... Tags, map, etc updated...

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 10/Apr/2017 23:26:35

    I like the lady who is waving to us outside the house, a few steps beyond [https:[email protected]]'s streetview link - goo.gl/maps/Xd5gb8BTZ3F2 "Hello, googlers!"

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    Inverarra

    • 11/Apr/2017 10:12:01

    Some great detective work as always.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 13/Apr/2017 08:00:08

    beautiful color