A visit to the Stereo Pairs Collection today and to a country church(?) with "square tower of rubble masonry". The shot has been reduced to a single image for ease of viewing on Flickr. In the past we have been able to identify places and times by the tombstones but I am not sure the detail is there on this one.
While we'd originally titled this with a line from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, ("The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep"), Niall McAuley
schooled us that, technically, a hamlet (almost by definition) is a settlement that doesn't have a church. Shortly afterwards, based on cues and clues that hinted at a Cork based location, and in particular a similarly titled reverse view, sissonni
established this as the "old" St Finbarre's Cathedral
in Cork. As it was demolished and replaced, by William Burges
, from 1865, we know that this image must have been captured before then....
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883. Certainly before 1865 (demolition/reconstruction of cathedral)
NLI Ref: STP_0582
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons