Towering above the town

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Where: Leinster, Louth, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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Drogheda, an ancient town at the mouth of the River Boyne, with a long and distinguished history, and many reminders of its architectural splendours. The Magdalen Tower is one of the most prominent, jutting up like a last remaining tooth in the mouth of an old man. The surrounding area is much more developed now, so can the existing buildings help us to date the photo?

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Bonzer that an article in an Adelaide, South Australia newspaper – the Southern Cross – gave us a narrower date for this one. Our roving Australian correspondent, beachcomber australia found an article describing the installation of railings around the Magdalen Tower on 15 August 1906. So this one drops from a date range of 40 years, to 6 years, i.e. 1900 to August 1906.

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between 1900-1939 and August 1906 (before railings were erected around the tower!)

NLI Ref: EAS_3082

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Dr. Ilia

    • 27/Apr/2021 08:00:11

    Great capture!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Apr/2021 08:37:35

    "W.R. & S." is 1903+ ? (I can never remember). The tower has been renovated since, and Cromwell's damage repaired. I can't find when. Mr French has a reverse view with iron railings, presumably after Mr Ritchie. So both before 1914? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324468

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    cargeofg

    • 27/Apr/2021 08:37:39

    Lawrence/Robert French was here at a later date as in L_ROY 02128 the Tower has railings surrounding it. Also there is L_CAB 01478 of the Quays with 3 paddle steamers moored. One may be datable from its name if it is a companion plate to 2128. This may help to date the Lawrence photos and narrow the range for the Eason.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Apr/2021 08:59:27

    TROVE IS SOMETIMES AMAZING! The railing happened on 15 August 1906 - 'Read All About It!' - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/166968894?searchTerm=%... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/51141123682/] So this Ritchie photo is before August 1906.

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    cargeofg

    • 27/Apr/2021 09:05:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Good find .

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    cargeofg

    • 27/Apr/2021 09:06:45

    catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000324468With railings post 1906.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Apr/2021 09:12:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia What you find in Trove is ALWAYS AMAZING!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Apr/2021 10:10:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I am always amazed that newspapers half a world away bothered to report local events in Ireland months later. The Irish diaspora in Australia (and elsewhere) must have created this demand, and many of the people still thought of Ireland as 'home'. Looking at modern photos of the tower, I think it is extraordinary that it is still standing. Most of the weight of the tower is above thin air. I know that is the whole point of arches, but usually there is extra push from flying buttresses and massive walls of the church. https://www.flickr.com/photos/anlondubh/2978134107/ via https://www.flickr.com/photos/anlondubh/

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    John Spooner

    • 27/Apr/2021 10:31:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia The report in the Newry Reporter is almost word-for-word the same as the Trove one except there's a sentence which has been left out by the Adelaide Southern Cross sub-editor: "For many years the tower and grounds had been left wholly unprotected from the incursions of cattle and the deposit of refuse."

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Apr/2021 11:06:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Pat O'Cattle !

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Apr/2021 15:35:41

    *cough* No map reference for us?! *cough*

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    suckindeesel

    • 27/Apr/2021 17:26:54

    www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/13619... NIAH entry, Coordinates: 308909, 275530 (53.7182551, -6.3510250) 25" of 1907, with railings: arcg.is/0fqr5e

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    Listenwave Photography

    • 29/Apr/2021 04:09:18

    Congratulations on Explore! It’s really magical! It’s really great!Thank You All My Friends for NEW Flickr World! From #OpenPhotography.

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    Flickr

    • 29/Apr/2021 04:15:12

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ April 28, 2021

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    • 29/Apr/2021 04:24:09

    Glückwunsch zu Explore !

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    sharmsubbiah

    • 29/Apr/2021 07:45:10

    Amazing work, Congrats on Explore!

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    gexlyon69

    • 29/Apr/2021 07:58:12

    Very beautiful picture - i like it !!! - have a nice day my friends

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    imatges blanc i negre

    • 29/Apr/2021 09:54:20

    Excel.lent fotografia amb aquet perfecta blanc i negre, felicitacions.

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    Shashwat art images

    • 29/Apr/2021 10:48:39

    very nice 🙏🙏👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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    vicentafotos

    • 29/Apr/2021 11:19:53

    Estupenda

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    le cabri

    • 29/Apr/2021 12:25:16

    Nice

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    • 29/Apr/2021 13:39:11

    Congrats.

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    Thea Prum

    • 30/Apr/2021 00:48:13

    wow, cool

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    Andrea48Blz (on/off)

    • 30/Apr/2021 13:58:36

    Vu dans / Seen in: "Vers le ciel/Towards the sky" 1 POST = 4 AWARDS IMG_3531 www.flickr.com/groups/versleciel/ 4 AWARDS Post galerie: www.flickr.com/groups/versleciel/discuss/72157632517589973/