YOU CAN SEE THE SPIRE FROM HENRIETTA STREET
A FADED GUINNESS SIGN OUTSIDE THE KINGS INN PUB ON BOLTON STREET
Guinness was founded in 1759 but didn’t publish its first ad until 1794.
Guinness stout is made from water, barley, roast malt extract, hops, and brewer’s yeast. A portion of the barley is roasted to give Guinness its dark colour and characteristic taste. It is pasteurised and filtered.
Until the late 1950s Guinness was still racked into wooden casks. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Guinness ceased brewing cask-conditioned beers and developed a keg brewing system with aluminium kegs replacing the wooden casks; these were nicknamed “iron lungs”. Until 2016 the production of Guinness, as with many beers, involved the use of isinglass made from fish. Isinglass was used as a fining agent for settling out suspended matter in the vat. The isinglass was retained in the floor of the vat but it was possible that minute quantities might be carried over into the beer. Diageo announced in February 2018 that the use of isinglass in draught Guinness was to be discontinued and an alternative clarification agent would be used instead. This has made draught Guinness acceptable to vegans and vegetarians.
HENRIETTA STREET AND IT’S DOORS – AT THE BEGINNING OF 2021
New Year’s Day was my birthday so I did not bother to take any photographs but on the next day I decided to begin my 2021 programme by photographing the doors of Henrietta Street [I live here] using an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max because this is the camera that I intend for much of 2021. I have already booked week long visits to Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Killkenny but of course I may have to cancel some or all of my bookings.
I am now trying to decide if I will bring my Sony cameras with me when I travel or will I, as an experiment, depend on the iPhone.
Henrietta Street is a Dublin street, to the north of Bolton Street on the north side of the city, first laid out and developed by Luke Gardiner during the 1720s. A very wide street relative to streets in other 18th-century cities, it includes a number of very large red-brick city palaces of Georgian design.
Henrietta Street is the earliest Georgian Street in Dublin, and at the forefront of Dublin’s later Georgian streetscapes. Construction on the street started in the mid-1720s, on land bought by the Gardiner family in 1721. Construction was still taking place in the 1750s. Gardiner had a mansion, designed by Richard Cassels, built for his own use around 1730.
The street was popularly referred to as Primate’s Hill, as one of the houses was owned by the Archbishop of Armagh, although this house, along with two others, was demolished to make way for the Law Library of King’s Inns.
The street fell into disrepair during the 19th and 20th centuries, with the houses being used as tenements. While the houses on Henrietta Street had been home to a small number of wealthy residents in the 18th century, these were given-over to tenement use during the 19th century, and by 1911 there were 835 people living in poverty in just 15 houses. A number of houses on the street remained in use as tenements until the 1970s. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the street has been subject to restoration efforts.
The street has been used as a period-location for film and TV companies, with productions filmed including Albert Nobbs, Inspector George Gently and Foyle’s War.
The street is a cul-de-sac, with the Law Library of King’s Inns facing onto its western end. As of 2017, there are 13 houses on the street. One of these houses, 14 Henrietta Street, was opened as a museum in late 2018. 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the building and of the lives of the people who lived there.
NUMBER 13 HENRIETTA STREET THE HOUSE WITH THE GHOST
No 13 on Henrietta Street was known as the haunted house and don’t ask me why the door has not been painted.
Here a quote that I like and you can read more by visiting the link below: “My childhood memories of living at 13 Henrietta Street are days were full of laughter, fun and games both in and out of doors. We had freedom to go wherever we chose to go and play without fear of being harmed. The Kings Inn Park known to locals as ‘The Temple’ was a great place to play and kick a football and climb trees. The street was always full of playing children with no traffic to worry about.”
KINGS INNS AND KINGS INNS PUBLIC PARK
According to public notices the park is open until 7:30pm but when I arrived at the gates to the park at 6pm on my way home from the Broadstone tram stop they were locked.
King’s Inns is one of the more important examples of Ireland’s Georgian architectural heritage. The eminent architect James Gandon, who had earlier designed the Custom House and the Four Courts in Dublin, was commissioned in 1800 to design a new building for the Society on Henrietta Street. This followed the decline of the original premises that belonged to the Inns on the site of the present Four Courts.
On 1 August 1800, the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Clare laid the first stone of the hall and library. By 1804 the structure of the hall was almost complete.
In 1813 it was agreed that the unfurnished library wing should be sold to the Office of Public Works for use as a record office. Francis Johnston, architect, supervised this work and also completed the cupola (to Gandon’s design). It was he who designed and erected the entrance archway from Henrietta Street.
The Library Building, also in Henrietta Street, was erected between 1826 and 1832 to a design by Frederick Darley. This building is a good example of Greek revival architecture. It contains a magnificent reading room with a splendid balcony.
The Society also owns one of the fine Georgian houses on Henrietta Street and within the parkland there are seven cottages, six of which have been refurbished for rental purposes [I did not know that until today].