• Thursday , 17 October 2019

Towers in the Landscape, Industry in the Streets

Pick up an OSI map of any town in Ireland from the end of the 19th Century, and one of the first things that will strike you is how busy the town must have been. Without any photographs to feed from, it is easy to imagine patterns of work, sequences of movement and the lively atmosphere that must have thrived when you see copper works, match factories, wool mills and saw mills, ship yards, bakeries, printing works and butcheries woven into the tapestry of residential and civic buildings. There is no line dividing work space and living space.

So today, as I tramp through the countryside or wander through city streets, finding those unexpected curiosities or moments of contrast amidst the lush green countryside or the pedestrianised, shopper friendly streets is a gentle reminder of the intricacies which still prevail today.


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