Ticky tacky on the Yellow Brick Road

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Where: Munster, Waterford, Ireland

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From the history and charm of yesterday's Eason image of Clondalkin to the more mundane image as today's offering from the Poole family. Houses on the Yellow Road appears to be a new development about to be occupied and the builder wanted a record of the works.

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: May 22nd 1928

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3512

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Nov/2021 08:33:52

    22 May 1928 was a Tuesday ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Nov/2021 09:21:22

    Looks like a match for Rathfadden Villas near the Upper Yellow Road. Streetview

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    suckindeesel

    • 12/Nov/2021 10:03:19

    The road looks very narrow in the Poole shot, needing a circle further down for turning the delivery vans around. Certainly no car ownership was even considered by the developers. The grass verge each side had later to be removed to increase the road width as can be seen in streetview. It could be a carbon copy of many other housing estates in the country and shows the level of design we had and still do.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Nov/2021 10:15:11

    It's on the 1930s Cassini 6" map, but not named there.

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Nov/2021 10:16:41

    James Butler of 30, Rathfadden Villas was a basket-maker who advertised his services in the Waterford Standard. The earliest I found was on 3rd August 1929. The advert says he used the St Dunstan's method for basket-making and wicker-work. Does that mean he was blind and had learned his trade at the charity for blind veterans (then known as St Dunstan's)? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Veterans_UK

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    Foxglove

    • 12/Nov/2021 10:30:55

    hi, I now have the " little boxes made of tricky tacky ( and they all just look the same) slowly rolling in my head, I can't remember if the copy my parents had was a Pete Seeger or another cover of the Malvina Reynolds song

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Nov/2021 10:32:29

    "Does that mean he was blind and had learned his trade at the charity for blind veterans (then known as St Dunstan's)?" Yes. "AWARDS. I hear that Mr. James Butler, the blinded ex-Serviceman who does such excellent basket-work in Waterford has distinguished himself in a recent exhibition. At the United Irish Women’s Show at Fethard, Co, Tipperary, recently, he won first prize for basket-work, second prize for stoolseating, and third prize for tray. " (Waterford Standard - Saturday 22 September 1934). His adverts at the time show he had branched out into fancy shopping, tradesmen's baskets, bicycle carriers, hampers, clothes baskets, linen baskets, teapot stands and trays. Also wicker chairs to order and cane chars reseated..

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Nov/2021 10:40:29

    His adverts stopped in 1938, but he was still at 30 Rathfadden Villas in 1940 when he was vice-chairman of Waterford Athletic and Cycling Club.

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Nov/2021 11:20:46

    Another ex-serviceman who lived at 7 Rathfadden Villas was Joseph O'Donoghue, who won a shooting competition in 1936. He had fought through the South African War and the Great war, and was scheduled for the Royal Flying Corps when he was injured. Yet another military connection was Mrs A Collins of Rathfadden VIllas.

    The deceased lady held a unique distinction in being the mother of eight soldier sons, who served in the 1914-’I8 war, four of whom were killed in action and one disabled. Four of her grandsons served in H.M. Forces during the 1939-’45 war, and four with the Irish Army during the emergency
    (Waterford Standard - Saturday 10 January 1953) The military connections may be coincidence, but the Waterford Standard - Saturday 10 January 1953 reported that
    BRITISH ex-servicemen in Waterford, who are tenants of the Irish Land Trust soldiers’ and sailors’ houses at Rathfadden, have joined in protesting against, and have decided to reject, the proposed Irish Land Trust house purchase scheme
    It says Rathfadden, not Rathfadden Villas, so I might well be wide of the mark. Or it might be a journalist who didn't know the difference. The report went on to say that the British Treasury had granted £1,000,000 for returning Irishmen who had served in the Great War to provide them with "homes fit for heroes". The Irish Soldiers' and Sailors' Land Trust was formed in 1922. So were these houses built specifically for ex-servicemen (especially wounded ones)? Edited to add: Another possible coincidence: A J Breen is a member of the protest committee mentioned in the 1953 article, and in the same year was the funeral of the brother of Mrs Breen of Rathfadden Villas.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Nov/2021 11:33:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner That rings a bell - previously we had the British Legion Houses for service folk - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/33350499898/

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Nov/2021 11:44:02

    There appear to have been 2 schemes in Waterford discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C598478 Something for my next visit.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Nov/2021 11:51:38

    The DIA has several entries mentioning the Land Trust, but not in Waterford. For example in Kilkenny and Bandon: Selected: CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY, HOUSES Name: BROWN, WALTER JAMES # Building: CO. KILKENNY, KILKENNY, HOUSES Date: 1930 Nature: Designs for same for Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust Name: UNKNOWN ARCHITECT Building: CO. CORK, BANDON, HOUSES (006) Date: 1927 Nature: Tenders invited for erecting 6 cottages fo Irish Sailors' and Soldiers Land Trust, Jul 1927. (Probably designed by Walter James Brown, who was architect to the Trust.) Refs: Irish Times, 14,28 Jul 1927. This article might be of interest: All information in this entry is from F.H.A. Aalen, 'Homes for Irish heroes: housing under the Irish Land (Provision for Soldiers and Sailors) Act 1919, and the Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust', Town Planning Review 59, no. 3, July 1988, 312-317(illus.). 7 entries in the DIA around the country for Walter James Brown.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Nov/2021 12:04:08

    Catalogue description Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust: Dublin Office: Miscellaneous Records Various records of the Dublin office of the Irish Sailors and Soldiers Trust, relating to the acquisition and management of properties in Southern Ireland: these comprise annotated Ordnance Survey maps showing the location of land acquisitions, 'key' maps of building schemes, miscellaneous administrative records, tenancy files and photographs of properties. Date:1920-1977 Held by:The National Archives, Kew No, I see maps in Lismore and Dungarvan, but not Waterford. Yes, they have Tenancy files for 5 Rathfadden Villas, Yellow Road, Waterford I see [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] is on the case!

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    suckindeesel

    • 12/Nov/2021 13:40:41

    www.oireachtas.ie/ga/debates/debate/seanad/1988-11-16/spe... Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust Bill, 1988: Second Stage, Ray Burke There's a small cul-de-sac of nice houses locally with an "Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust" plaque at its entrance. Always wondered what it meant. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51674786513/in/datetaken/]

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    John Spooner

    • 12/Nov/2021 13:48:27

    "Houses on the Yellow Road appears to be a new development about to be occupied and the builder wanted a record of the works." Commisioned by a Mr Hamilton. H & A Hamilton was a firm of builders. Waterford Standard - Saturday 26 May 1928 below mentions Devenishe's Park, not Rathfadden Villas, but it sounds like the right place. So: Photo taken by Poole on Tuesday 22nd May Keys handed over after 6pm on Thursday 24th May Houses already occupied by Saturday 26th May

    KEYS HANDED OVER WATERFORD EX-SERVICEMEN's NEW HOMES An interesting ceremony took place in the Courthouse, Waterford, Thursday evening when the thirty ex-servicemen selected by the Housing Trust for the new houses at Devenishe’s Park, Waterford, attended at six o’clock for the purpose receiving the keys from Mrs. Shortis, who is Chairman of the War Pensions Commitee for Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford. Mr. H. M. A. Murphy, Inspector of the Trust, introduced Mrs. Shortis, and stated she had kindly consented to attend and hand over the keys of the new houses to the ex-servicemen selected. details of Mrs Shortis' speech cut Capt. Conway returned thanks behalf the tenants, and pointed out that Mrs. Shortis had worked unceasingly in the interests of the ex-servicemen and their families Waterford since 1914. He was sure he was voicing the opinion of every ex-serviceman tenant there when he said they were delighted to receive the keys from the hands of Mrs. Shortis (applause). The row houses are now occupied, and are a credit to the builders, Messrs. H. and A. Hamilton, and to the architect, Mr. J . Brown,

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Nov/2021 14:20:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove :-)

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    derangedlemur

    • 14/Nov/2021 10:47:13

    There's a lot of detail in common with the Mason labourer's cottages - similar chimneys & windows, the same fencing, fronting onto a narrow lane.

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Nov/2021 20:48:05

    "Little Boxes" youtu.be/VUoXtddNPAM