The Abbey on the Viking's Head

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Staying with the Lawrence Collection to end the week we have a magnificent view of St. Mary's Abbey and Howth before the bay was filled in. I imagine that most people think that the Abbey is a tavern rather than an ancient place of learning and worship/

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_00856

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Aug/2021 08:22:54

    Unusual early(?) white telegraph poles.

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Aug/2021 08:28:38

    The state of the Abbey was discussed at a meeting of Howth Urban Council in 1919. Under a somewhat sensationalist headline "RUINS OF HOWTH ABBEY Thirteenth Century Remains Threatened with Destruction" the report in the Dublin Evening Telegraph on Saturday 6 September 1919 contains these snippets:

    Children, she [Lady Boyd] said, came into the garden over the wall, stole anything they liked, and trampled and destroyed much more. Not only was the gate of the churchyard constantly left open but a great piece of the wall beside the house known as the College was broken down, and the place open to anyone who liked to go in. Mr. F. W. Higginbotham, Town Surveyor, said that a tourist told him it was the most disgraceful thing he had ever seen that the hlstoric old College was allowed to be used as a tenement house and the graveyard used for drying clothes. Some very curious house-like buildings, generally called the "College", are attached to an angle of the embattled wall. They are supposed to have been used by the ecclesiastics as dwelling-places. As interesting examples of fifteenth century architecture they are well worthy of notice, and something should be done to save them from impending destruction.
    From a quick look at streetview, I think the College is outside the left margin of the French photo. Also visible her: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339629

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Aug/2021 09:17:18

    From the British Library photostream, published 1796.The BL King’s Topographical Collection: "HOWTH ABBEY. "

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    derangedlemur

    • 06/Aug/2021 09:28:10

    Taken from the Martello tower or the green between it and Abbey Street

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    Wendy:

    • 06/Aug/2021 09:31:15

    yes great POV

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Aug/2021 09:39:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] These two photos (at different times, see the buildings on the breakwater behind) appear to show "the graveyard used for drying clothes" - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339629 (earlier later) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000325877 (later earlier) The white telegraph poles are in both.

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    John Spooner

    • 06/Aug/2021 09:56:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Ah yes, I'd missed that. The "College" has no roof in the Lawrence pictures, but streetview shows it now not only has a roof but also solar panels. (If I've got the right building)

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Aug/2021 12:51:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kirstieksf/129391498/in/photolist-crazU-fvRXnV-crakD-5DVwkb-bVfxJs-bVfyb1-azKVma-btS4FC-cramB-bVfusQ-bVfwtU-7TJKhb-ou3fJa-bVfso9-5fLh7B-2k6efit-5fLh36-bVfvjj-bVfHsC-TFx6fJ-54NsPC-bVfuJd-bVfz4J-tPx2v-bVfwMY-2eAp7XJ-bVfvW5-bVfHD1-bVfyFf-bVfuZQ-bVfF4W-tPx1P-bVfwd1-bVfzvL-bVfx8L-bVfFfC-26FAjup-6tDMFJ-2fMGBuH-2dCApJv-btS8SW-fi5fNw-bVfGA5-2cBS1GU-fi5ewL-fi5ebd-weBiyu-bVfHcG-bVfFGs-dojdmC] via Kirstie Fuller NIAH www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11359... Graveyard c.1050 Church 15th century

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Aug/2021 13:06:35

    This building on seafront c.1860 (can't do the bounding box on iPAD) www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11359...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Aug/2021 21:22:13

    The Howth Rhyming Limerick A youthful old fellow in Howth He searched and sleuthed for the truth - Does Howth rhyme with growth? Or mouth? - maybe both? As they say in Australia, " 'Strewth! "

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Aug/2021 23:32:53

    "…the sun shines for you he said the day we were lying among the rhododendrons on Howth head in the grey tweed suit and his straw hat the day I got him to propose to me yes like now yes 16 years ago my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountains yes so we are flowers all a woman’s body yes that was one true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes…" - Ulysses

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    John Spooner

    • 07/Aug/2021 08:48:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Excellent! One of your best.

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    silverio10

    • 07/Aug/2021 22:16:02

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    Flickr

    • 08/Aug/2021 04:15:21

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ August 7, 2021

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    Brunswick Forge

    • 08/Aug/2021 04:17:41

    This is an excellent addition to today's Explore page. 👍📷 Greetings from southwestern Virginia, USA.

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    s0340248

    • 08/Aug/2021 04:45:35

    Glückwunsch zu Explore !

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    imatges blanc i negre

    • 08/Aug/2021 09:17:06

    Un bon tret i treball en blanc i negre, felicitacions.👏👏

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    S.B_Photography

    • 08/Aug/2021 13:23:47

    Excellent photo, congratulations My Facebook page

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    Thea Prum

    • 08/Aug/2021 19:56:33

    nice This wonderful photo was seen and admired in: E-X-P-L-O-R-E .

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Aug/2021 20:44:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51364854877/in/dateposted/ What's missing from our photo is any sign of tramtracks on the Harbour Rd. This service, from Dollymount, started 26 July 1900 and no doubt took the previous year to construct. Therefore suggest a pre 1899 date, at the latest.

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    rpgvlwqt88

    • 09/Aug/2021 22:18:21

    it doesnt look like the garda station was built yet so we're likely looking at a 1890-1900 time frame www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11359...