Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

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Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, 3


November 15th, 2018

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Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Ireland is a wide-ranging and innovative collection of essays, which offers new insights on the Irish urban experience. Adopting a spatial approach, the essays presented in this collection move beyond study of events that happened and people who lived in the towns and cities of nineteenth-century Ireland, instead exploring the ways in which particular urban spaces were constructed and experienced. Focusing on a range of urban spaces, from individual streets and districts, to schools, asylums and entire cities, they highlight both the multifaceted nature of the Irish urban experience and the potential of the spatial approach to the study of history.
List of contributors: Olwen Purdue, Jonathan Jeffrey Wright, Laura Johnstone, Matthew Potter, Jonathan Jeffrey Wright, Mary Hatfield, Olwen Purdue, Gillian Allmond, Georgina Laragy, Mary Jane Boland and Oliver Betts.


‘This is an innovative, varied and intriguing volume which inspires the reader to engage with new ways of exploring our urban past… highly recommended to all those interested in, or curious about, urban history.’
Ruth McManus, Irish Historical Studies

'The book provides valuable exemplars of urban history informed by different conceptualizations of space and place.'Richard Dennis, Victorian Studies

Author Information

Georgina Laragy is Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin. Olwen Purdue is Professor of Irish Social History at Queen’s University Belfast. Jonathan Jeffrey Wright is Lecturer in British History at Maynooth University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures7
List of Tables9
1. ‘The Royal Paragon’: Setting Out Suburban Space in Nineteenth-Century Dublin23
2. Municipal Social Housing in Ireland, 1866–191452
3. ‘The Donegalls’ Backside’: Donegall Place, the White Linen Hall and the Development of Space and71
4. The School and the Home: Constructing Childhood and Space in Dublin Boarding Schools94
5. ‘High Walls and Locked Doors’: Contested Spaces in the Belfast Workhouse, 1880–1905116
6. Levelling Up the Lower Deeps: Rural and Suburban Spaces at an Edwardian Asylum135
7. Locating Investigations into Suicidal Deaths in Urban Ireland, 1901–1915154
8. Visualising the City: Images of Ireland’s Urban World, c.1790–1820172
9. Forging a Shared Identity: Irish Migrants and Steel Cities, 1850–1900193