Re: Re: Zap the childrens shop – High Street

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It’s one thing to try and get a physical picture of a street like High Street before it became a windswept duel carriageway, but it’s also possible (just) to get some feel for the street as a faded hub of the commercial / social life of the city. We know from sources like ‘Whalley’s News Letter’ and ‘The Dublin Post Man’ that there were a good number of pubs and inns in the High Street area in the early 18th Century. ‘The Sign of the Parrot’ in High Street has a nice pirate feel to it and there was ‘The Sign of The Sugar Loaf” in Back Lane, near Taylors’ Hall. They were a bit more up-market in Skinners’ Row (Christchurch Place) where their equivalent of Starbucks was ‘Darley’s Coffee House’ in 1715.

At random, I looked up the ‘Freeman’s Journal’ for a date in may 1780 to search for references to High Street, and a couple of snippets turned up:

Leasehold interest for sale:

The house and concerns in High Street at no. 64, opposite St Michael’s Church (i-e the derelict site in front of the Synod Hall in Paddy Healy photograph), formerly occupied by Mr Wilson, Shoemaker. The house is one of the best situations for business in the city, comodious and extensive having three large rooms on a floor, with brass locks and grates and every other necessary fixture. There are also good vaults and cellerage in excellent order. The purchaser or tennant will not have the least turn of money to expend; and there cannot be a better standing for the linen, wollen or haberdashery business.

Apply at no. 3 High Street. (i-e. the local auctioneer in the big three bay house with the dodgy scaffolding on the opposite side of the street).

Mr. Wilson Shoemaker! There was also a James Molloy, Shoemaker advertising for business at no. 62 High Street. How’s that for continuity, remember all the medieval shoes and soles dug up in the High Street excavations.

The same edition of the newspaper (27th May 1780) had notice of the forthcoming meeting, at 48 High Street, of ‘The Universal Free Debating Society’. In this case ‘free’ didn’t extend to the admittance charge, which was listed as ‘a British sixpence’.

The topic for discussion:

‘Whether man or woman discovers more weakness under the dominion of love’

and, if time permits:

‘Whether the British Parliament is authorised to exercise a legislative power to bind the people of Ireland’.

Obviously time didn’t permit, because the latter topic was up again for discussion on 12th June, with the reserve motion a provocative: ‘Whether the Divine or the Physician is of more utility to mankind?’.

Debates started at 8.00 pm and were to be concluded by 10.00.

I do realize that this is totally useless information.

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