NOT a "Gothic revival/restoration stone church, square castellated tower with four corner spires", but Down Cathedral

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Where: Southwell Flats, English St, Downpatrick BT30 6AE, UK

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While this is NOT the exterior of a Gothic revival/restoration stone church it just may be the interior of just such a church. This appears to be one of a number of images of the same church in the archive. This one shows a beautifully clean, tidy and empty church all ready for Sunday service but where is it?

There was mighty craic with the image last Friday and may I apologise to all our Cork brethren for suggesting that their beautiful city is naught but a "hamlet" :-) And today's image is from no small hamlet either - but Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. (Which Niall McAuley told us with lightening speed - before our morning coffee had cooled!


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_0513

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jun/2018 07:34:28

    Early leader for that organ is St. Patricks Cathedral, Downpatrick.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Jun/2018 07:53:53

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Did you recognise the organ or did you just base it on this one with the same title plainly being St Patricks? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000563829

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jun/2018 07:55:06

    A modern shot which matches and a somewhat sparser looking Lawrence Edit: per the beachcomber below, the Lawrence is a reverse view. makes sense.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Jun/2018 07:57:04

    There is a reverse view of that wonderful organ case - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000563832 , and a GoogleView from that side - goo.gl/maps/8NgHimsqUhQ2 - showing the case is intact. Ed. 2nd thoughts the streetview is this side, but the choir gallery has been extended east.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jun/2018 07:57:36

    New word for today: Narthex

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jun/2018 07:59:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I google image searched Pipe Organ Ireland, and eyeballed the results for a match.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Jun/2018 08:01:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Ah. I was thinking if you were an authority on the pipe organs of ireland, we'd have found out a bit sooner than now.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jun/2018 08:06:11

    Per their website, this is not St. Patrick's Cathedral, it is the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jun/2018 08:08:25

    From that site: The magnificent and renowned instrument has been in use from the early 1800s, enhancing worship and providing enrichment through recitals and various musical events.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Jun/2018 08:14:11

    "Perhaps the most striking feature as you enter the cathedral is the pulpitum, topped by the magnificent organ whose pipes reach almost to the vaulted roof. The organ, acknowledged to be one of the finest in Ireland with its magnificent oak case, was built by William Hull in 1818, considerably altered by William Telford in 1854, rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison in 1912 and again by the same firm in 1966." From - www.downcathedral.org/the-choir Organ specification (I love geeky organ stuff!) - www.amccartney.org/niorgan/specs/down.html Ed. Specification at the time of this photo - www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N06940 Current fundraiser for restoration and enhancement - www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/down-cathedral/organ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Jun/2018 08:54:01

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2017 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johndmcdonald/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johndmcdonald/35231603865/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Jun/2018 09:27:04

    Mr French / Lawrence must have liked this view; at least four other photos - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000560225 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000321130 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334811 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324749

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 18/Jun/2018 21:10:00

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album. *missing domenico*

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Jun/2018 22:07:39

    Great - Thanks everyone and especially [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] (both for the answer and an insight into the method :-) ...)

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 19/Jun/2018 08:00:04

    Wonderful Capture!!!