Nurses Rock!

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There are few coasts with the variety and beauty of the Causeway Coast of North Antrim and Derry, and probably the most famous part is the Giant’s Causeway. This photograph features a formation Morning Mary has never seen or heard of before – “Nurse and Child’s Rock” is a rugged piece of stone. Is it still standing, and where exactly is it?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_01335

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    sharon.corbet

    • 09/Dec/2020 09:31:48

    Based on a comparison with the OS Map (I don't think the NI ones are linkable), it is here.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 09/Dec/2020 09:38:27

    Here's a photo from the back.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Dec/2020 10:11:53

    Via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/] an online version of the 1885 book "Picturesque Ireland ..." by John Savage; lots of contemporary illustrations and descriptions of the various rock formations, including the "Nursing Child"[sic]. - archive.org/stream/picturesqueirela00sava/picturesqueirel... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14592548629/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Dec/2020 10:15:15

    Googlesphere distant view? - goo.gl/maps/TxFGRr3f8UHZ5n8e8

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    franzisko hauser

    • 09/Dec/2020 10:21:58

    AWARD "Flickr photo unlimited" Your photo is lovely and nice! Coq - Cock (1)

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    Foxglove

    • 09/Dec/2020 10:43:38

    the formation reminds me of a rider on horse as in a knight/chess piece. I will look at my collection of causeway photos to see if I have snapped it

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Dec/2020 11:55:49

    The Tyrone Constitution of Friday 05 September 1890 gave an account of a "Grand Excursion from Cookstown" for children attending Sunday and day schools in the town. It needed two trains to transport them all to Portrush and back. After visiting Dunluce castle,

    Having seen all that was worth seeing, and refreshed with a little "Bushmills" , we proceeded to visit the Causeway itself. Here we were shown Pleskin Bay and Head, the king and his nobles , the priest and his flock, the nurse and child rocks, the giant's loom, giant's organ, we were informed of how Finn MacCoul constructed it for the Scotch giant to come across and fight him.
    Then they took the electric tramway back to Portrush. Which raises a couple of questions: 1. Is "a little" Bushmills required to help the imagination enough to recognise people and things in rocks? 2. Were the children supposed to recognise these things without a little assistance from the local beverage? In my childhood a school trip to Antrim was out of the question. Our equivalent was an outing to the limestone caves in Derbyshire, where we were supposed to spot figures and everyday objects in the stalagmites and stalactites.

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Dec/2020 12:05:14

    There's a stereo pair of the rock in the NLI catalogue* catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=giants+causeway+s... The Giant's Causeway was a very popular subject for stereo pairs. I counted at least 30 in the NLI catalogue before I gave up. There is also one in the collection I inherited from my grandfather. *taken from a position slightly to the right of the French/Lawrence one. Good separation of the rocks on the right/foreground and the nurse & child, and of the nurse & child and the cliffs in the background.

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Dec/2020 12:20:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove "the formation reminds me of a rider on horse as in a knight/chess piece" I was going to suggest you'd been on the Bushmills this morning, but I see exactly what you mean.

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    acceptable lip

    • 09/Dec/2020 13:25:07

     A lovely photo ;-)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Dec/2020 19:04:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner That stereo pair seems to have been taken at the same time as this photo and from a similar point of view. Which might wrench the date back to the early 1880s??. And there again is that 'condensed' title script, which I have banged on about before. Nurse looks like she has a splitting headache!

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Dec/2020 00:34:37

    John Spooner, there is a rounded rock on the foregrounded cliff that has a "face"