Dublin  Ireland


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Dublin like this:

Dublin, metropolis of Ireland, parl. and mun. bor., market town, and seaport, at mouth of river Liffey, on Dublin Bay, 113 miles by rail S. of Belfast, 166 NE. of Cork, and 292 NW. of London via Holyhead, the port being 64 miles from Holyhead, 130 from Liverpool, 223 from Glasgow, and 245 from Bristol -- parl. ...

bor., 5501 ac., pop. 273,282; mun. bor., 3808 ac., pop. 249,602; 10 Banks, 24 newspapers. Market-days, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The view of the city and its environs, as observed from Dublin Bay, is exceedingly striking and picturesque. The city is divided into nearly two equal parts by the river Liffey, whose banks, for about 2 miles from the sea, are lined with the docks and shipping. The river is crossed further up by ten fine bridges. The principal objects of interest are -- the Castle, the official residence of the Lord Lieutenant and his staff, and containing an armoury for 80,000 men; the Bank of Ireland, formerly the Irish Parliament House; the University or Trinity College (founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1591), with 39 professors and about 1400 students; Sackville Street, the finest street of the city; the Courts of Justice, or the Four Courts; Christ Church Cathedral, restored (1878) at a cost of £200,000, and St Patrick's Cathedral, which has also been restored and improved. The Phoenix Park, situated on the western confines of the city, is 7 miles in circuit, and has an area of 1753 ac.; it contains the Viceroy's Lodge, the seat of the Principal Secretary for Ireland, an obelisk (205 ft. high) in honour of the Duke of Wellington, the People's Gardens (artificially laid out pleasure grounds), and the Zoological Gardens. St Stephen's Green (20 ac.), on the S. side of the city, was restored and opened to the public in 1880. The city is encompassed by the Circular Road, which measures about 9 miles, and contains several extensive military and constabulary barracks. The brewing of porter is extensively carried on, and there are 6 distilleries. There are mfrs. of mineral waters, poplins, hats, agricultural implements; also ironfounding and shipbuilding. The docks and wharfage are now very extensive and commodious. The exports are grain, provisions, live stock, wool, porter, and whisky. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The terminus station of the Kingston Ry. is at Westland Row, that of the Great Southern and Western at Kingsbridge, that of the Great North of Ireland in Amiens Street, that of the Midland and Great Western at Broadstone, and that of the Dublin, Wicklow, and Wexford in Harcourt Street. The Royal and Grand Canals extend from Dublin across the co. to the river Shannon. Dublin returns 4 members to Parliament -- 4 divisions, viz., College Green, Dublin Harbour, Donnybrook, and St Patrick's, 1 member for each division. Dublin University returns 2 members.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dublin, in and Ireland | Map and description, A Vision of Ireland through Time.


Date accessed: 30th May 2024

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