Dublin through space and time

The first volume in the series was a chronological survey that examined the major phases in the life of the city from the earliest times until the first decades of the twentieth century.  It was concerned with the forces and the people who shaped the landscape of the city and the aim was to explain how it was the city came to have the layout and landscape that emerged.    To enhance the narrative, the book is profusely illustrated, many of the illustrations appearing in print for the first time in decades, if not centuries.

It is an edited volume with contributions from Edel Sheridan and Jacinta Prunty as well as essays by the editors of the series.

The book is still in print and is particularly good value when bought directly from Four Courts Press.


xcover-1 Dublin through space and time
Joseph Brady and Anngret Simms (editors)
ISBN: 978-1-85182-641-4
2001; repr. 2002, 2007. 304pp; ills.


Origins and early growth
Anngret Simms

  • Deals with the city’s development up to and inclusive of mid-seventeenth century society

Designing the capital city: Dublin, c.1660–1810
Edel Sheridan

  • Takes the story from 1660 to the city commissioners of 1802-10. Includes development of St Stephen’s Green, Smithfield, Gardiner/Mountjoy estates, Fitzwilliam/Pembroke estate; as well as the Wide Streets Commission of 1758-1802

Living in the capital: Dublin in the eighteenth century
Edel Sheridan

  • Social control through urban development; patterns of social topography; and a general survey of eighteenth-century heritage

Improving the urban environment: public health and housing in nineteenth-century Dublin
Jacinta Prunty

  • Housing conditions of Dublin’s poor; the Griffith Valuation of 1854; public health reports and the closing of insanitary dwellings, 1879-82

Dublin at the turn of the century
Joseph Brady

  • General introduction; what visitors saw; infastructural improvements; the suburbs

The heart of the city: commercial Dublin, c.1890–1915
Joseph Brady

  • Retailing, services, industry, and other uses. Street character – Grafton Street, George’s Street, O’Connell Street, D’Olier Street, Westmoreland Street.

Appendix: a guide to maps of Dublin
Joseph Brady



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