GREAT DENMARK STREET IN DUBLIN ON A REALLY WET DAY
The one advantage of using an iPhone 12 Pro Max is that it is much more weather proof than my Sony A7RIV.
Great Denmark Street is a street in Dublin, Ireland. It leads to Mountjoy Square, is crossed by Temple Street/Hill Street, and is part of Gardiner’s Row. The area was largely a semi-rural area until the 1770s, when a number of townhouses were built for the landed gentry. The street was probably named after the sister of George III in 1775; Caroline Matilda had married the Danish king Christian VII in 1766, divorced in 1772 and died in 1775.
Unfortunately there are now a number of derelict shops along the street but I do like photographing them.
One of the most notable landmarks on the street is Belvedere House. It was built as a townhouse in 1775 for George Rochfort, 2nd Earl of Belvedere at a cost of £24,000. In 1841 it became a Jesuit college, Belvedere College. It is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Rochfort’s mother, Mary Molesworth, 1st Lady of Belvedere, who died there.
As the college expanded in the 20th century, Georgian houses to the right of Belvedere House were demolished. In April 1968, the college published a planning permission notice in newspapers with plans to demolish two houses to the left of the college due to “structural defects”. Both had been listed for preservation, one having been the home of the 18th century stuccodore, Michael Stapleton, with a surviving interior from him. The same month, the houses were demolished prematurely and illegally. The houses were replaced with a pastiche extension designed by Jones and Kelly. The college demolished another Georgian house on the street, number 9, in 1982 as part of an extension to the school playground.