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The Wide Streets Commission (1758 – 1851)

The Wide Streets Commission re-designed medieval Dublin (which was built along a west-east axis) replacing it with a city aligned along a north-south axis, with streets following mathematically-straight lines. The Wide Street Commission Collection includes minute books, architectural drawings, jury books, and manuscript maps. It details the City as it was, what it became, and includes details of what it could have been had different decisions been implemented.

Dublin City Council Minutes (1840-1880)

The elected Dublin City Council (DCC) was established in 1840.  Although the franchise was confined to property owners it was wide enough to cross the religious divide. In 1841 Daniel O’Connell, ‘the Liberator’, became the first Catholic Lord Mayor in over 150 years.

The DCC held its meetings on the first Monday of each month.  Notes were taken by the Town Clerk of Dublin and by his assistants, and these were worked up into minutes of meetings that were entered into large bound volumes which were then painstakingly indexed by the clerks.

 


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A Survey of a Holding in Abbey Street in the County of the City of Dublin Set to Henry Ottiwell Esq.re by the R. Honorable and Hon.ble the Commissioners for making Wide and Convenient Streets in said City

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