Re: Street names

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Posted by Murrisk on June 18, 2001 at 18:06:07:

In Reply to: Re: Street names posted by spiceloft on June 16, 2001 at 10:22:08:

New Antrim Street - I found the following at Shrule - simply means a stream, and the name has been variously spelled. The ancient name was Sruthair, pronounced Sruther. It has the same meaning as Sruathan, pronounced phonetically Shruffaun, which is the old name applied to Newantrim Street. Castlebar, for the reason that a small stream passed that way the outflow from the springs at the creamery supplying the old reservoir, which was the town's first supply, and still in operation, supplying a few fountains known as the "Black Pumps." It is excellent spring water, and much in favour. It would be difficult to now trace it, as in the course of building operations it was confined within a stone lined drain, and its course today a good deal more diverted as the old maps show a different outfall of the river.

Richard Street may have been named for Sir Richard Bingham whose nephew John Bingham established the beginnings of Castlebar as we know it today. I don't know who Charles street and Thomas street were named for - possibly other relatives. In the 1830's Staball was called Poor House Hill and the name Staball was appplied to the hill itself. By the 1900's, the lower part of Staball was called Upper Thomas Street and the top north side of the hill/road was called Poor House Hill or Stab All.

In the 1830' there was a short lane called Bake Street running west from the junction of Rush Street, Thomas Street and Upper Charles Street. The street was still there in 1917.

Who was Tucker (Tucker Street and Tucker's Lake)??

In the 1830's Lucan Street was called Collector's Lane. The named had changed to Lucan Street by the 1900's.

The word 'shambles' means a butcher's market stall or a flesh market or a slaughter house. Presumably, this is the origin of Shambles Street and Shambles Square, which is now known as Market Square. When did Shambles Square change to Market Square?

I think the name Duke Street has been given to the sreet which runs down to Market Square on Dunne's side. This name does not appear on the old maps. Where did it come from - Alan Dukes??

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