CARLOW HISTORY

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Carlow 1850's

THE Carlow Tempe Group recently presented local businessman Bernard Jennings with a rare old map of Carlow town. The map shows that sometimes change doesn't necessarily spell progress. Over the past 50 years politicians have been continuously calling for a hospital for the town. This map, based on a survey carried out by the Engineering Department of the British Army in the 1850s, shows the town had a hospital - even if it was the town jail. The map, which originally belonged to the late Pat Purcell, is very interesting. It identifies all the houses in both Bridewell Lane and Brewery. The accuracy is such that all the trees and back sheds, saw pits and ball alleys are all included. Among the changes one can see is the Friends Meeting House was situated where the present-day Carlow Book Shop was. The outline of the premises has not changed up to the present day. In 1824 the Quakers leased that premises to Benjamin Jones. One of the conditions was that he was to change the front facade or else his rent would be increased. He duly carried out such works, which remained in situ until the premises was demolished and rebuilt a couple of years ago. Another clause in that lease was that the premises could not be sub let to a person who dealt in brass, or carry on the trade of a smithy or a publican. Behind the Friends Meeting House you can see the Wesleyan Chapel, which was built to commemorate the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley. At the Deighton Hall is the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) building. While one of the town's landmarks for many years, the Presentation Convent had not yet been built. What is striking is Hanover House, with its imposing garden and inlet from the River Burrin.

Source: The Nationalist Friday December 6th 2002
Sent in by Peter Walker c.2009

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