Saturday, 25 January 2014

Jane Place Lower ~ no longer extant

Jane Place is gone now! If you have any memories of it, I’d love to hear them.

Granny’s relatives were amongst the first residents of Jane Place and lived there for over one hundred years. Her Aunt Kate was born there in 1864. Jane Place Upper and Jane Place Lower were two parallel streets running off Oriel Street, in Seville Place, Dublin, just behind Connolly Station. It seems the area was originally built in the 1850s.[1]  It has been knocked down in recent years, as part of the city rejuvenation and the development of  Dublin’s Financial Services District.  You can see the location of the two streets on this ordnance survey map, in the upper right-hand quarter.
Jane Place Upper and Jane Place Lower, Oriel Street, Dublin.

There were thirty-one terraced, single-storey cottages in Jane Place Lower and twenty-six in Jane Place Upper.[2] I read somewhere once that the street numbers ran 1, 2, 3… consecutively along one side of the street and then continued back down the other side, so that number 1 was across the road from number 31, etc. 

Can anyone place ‘3 Jane Place Lower’ on the map?

I do have some very vague memories of the little cottages, as a family friend once brought me to visit relatives there.  However, Jane Place was in the inner-city and coming rural county Dublin, it was all very alien to my seven-year-old eyes.  I certainly didn’t have any sense of coming home. I half remember a plot of ground, all boarded up - ‘That was your shop’, my friend said, pointing to it.  ‘Your Granny’s shop’, she added.  I also remember that the living room in my relative’s cottage was very tiny, so it truly must have been small.

Can anyone place Granny’s shop on this map? Was it attached to ‘3 Jane Place Lower’?

Did you know? - not only did Granny’s parents run a grocery shop in Jane Place, but her paternal grandmother had one too and her great-grandmother – though theirs may have been in Lower Oriel Street. 

[1] The first baptism listed on showing this address is dated August 1858.
[2] 1901 Census of Ireland, North Dock, Dublin.

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  1. Dara, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I followed your trail back to your own blog and love it! Thanks so much for connecting!

  2. Hi there,
    My great Grandfather Michael Gray and Grandmother Theresa Gray (nee Simpson)and there children lived at 24 Jane Place upper according to the 1901 census.
    I was wondering if you had any photos available of the houses in this street.

  3. Hi Paul, I do have a picture of the cottages, it's probably of Lower Jane Place. The photo is still within copyright, so I cannot publish here, but send me your email address and I'll dig it out for you.

  4. Hi - I'm thinking our people would have known one another. My great great grandmother (a Kavanagh) lived in Jane place lr at the time of her marriage. All her children were born in Jane place as well.

  5. Hi, they surely would have known each other - my Great-grandfather was born there in 1874 - they must have played together as children. I checked if one of the Kavanaghs had married into my family (I had a large extended family in Jane Place), but didn't find a connection. What was your GG-grandfather's name?