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The Best Address in Town: Henrietta Street, Dublin and Its First Residents, 1720-80

Melanie Hayes

Once Dublin's most exclusive residential street, Henrietta Street was home to country's foremost figures from church, military, and state throughout the eighteenth century.

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Publisher: Four Courts Press
Publish Date: 02/19/2021
Pages: 312
ISBN-13: 9781846828478
ISBN-10: 1846828473
Language: English

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Once Dublin's most exclusive residential street, Henrietta Street was home to country's foremost figures from church, military, and state throughout the eighteenth century. In this elegant setting on the north side of the city, peers rubbed shoulders with property tycoons, clerics consorted with social climbers, and celebrated military men mixed with the leading lights of the capital's beau monde, establishing one the principle arena's of elite power in Georgian Ireland. Looking behind the red-brick facades of the once grand terraced townhouses, this richly illustrated volume focuses on the people who originally populated these spaces, delineating the rich social and architectural history of Henrietta Street during the first fifty years of its existence. By weaving the fascinating and often colourful histories of the original residents around the framework of the buildings, in repopulating the houses with their original occupants and offering a window into the lives carried on within, this book presents a captivating portrait of Dublin's premier Georgian street, when it was the best address in town.

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