Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Happy Halloween !
Flickr is sometimes amazing! Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/ in c. 1905 https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/8692064291/
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04/] I'm not convinced. There are similarities, but Piaras Béaslaí was very distinctive looking...
👻 Is that the Ghost of a Dog by his right leg ?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Ghoulies! I wondered about the dog too! We need our Official Ghost Dogjudicator, https://www.flickr.com/photos/79549245@N06/...
... and a damaged head on the bridge parapet ... 💀
The photo which won the Tatler's readers' photographic competition in November 1904. Prize 1 guinea. Not spending it all at once was Mr A. C. Bull of Wood Green.
The bridge looks to be in much the same state as today's photo, but without the "skull", and without the repairs in the Library of Congress postcard.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia https://www.flickr.com/photos/47297387@N03 I think it is a dog too!
DannyM8 Yes, but what’s the dog’s name?
Wild surmise warning
Ancestry.co.uk has a birth record for a Clement A Hughes in 1880, in Liverpool, baptized a Roman Catholic (as Clemens Alston Hughes) , so the right age, place and religion to have been a schoolfriend of Piaras Béaslaí.
Confirmed in 1894.
1901 census - he's a medical student.
1911 census - he's single. Physician and surgeon.
In the 1939 register he's an opthalmic surgeon, married with two children. Living in Liverpool.
His 1958 probate record gives an address at Bolton-le-Sands, near Carnforth, so I surmise (wildly) that he retired there to live within easier reach of the Lake District.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29809546@N00/ Will quite happily accept your wild surmise! From a very cursory search, the only Clement A. Hughes I could find was a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps. I assume my Clement and your Clement are one and the same.
His medal card from the UK national archives shows his middle name is Alston, so I think it's a safe assumption.
He tried to shake me off his trail by using his middle name but here's his obituary in the Liverpool Daily Post - Wednesday 17 April 1957
BTW searching for "Alston Hughes" without the "C." returns a lot of matches for a notorious drug dealer caught in Operation Julie in 1977. I wonder if there's a connection.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29809546@N00/ That took a dark turn very quickly, John!
And I've found a Lake District link. The Lancaster Guardian of Friday 2 September 1949 reported thus
Last Sunday might have been termed a day of seeing things for North Lancashire Branch of the British Empire Naturalists’ Association since interests were quite varied on their visit to Coniston, Hawkshead and Amblcside areas.
At Waterhead, the Dlctis Roman Camp was visited, and explained by Dr. C. Alston Hughes, in a vivid little lecture, much appreciated by the members.
Hughes was also President of Students Representative Council at Liverpool Guild of Students 1902-03
The Doctor Clement Alston Hughes Limerick
There once was a Clement A. Hughes
Who sometimes appeared in the news -
A doctor of eyes,
It's not a surprise
He enjoyed such wonderful views.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ Bualadh bos! 😀