Monkstown Maps

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Monkstown on Historic Maps

Ireland has a rich heritage of historic maps, and Monkstown, also known as Carrickbrennan appears on many.  It's castle and monastery meant that it had greater importance than say Dun Laoghaire through to the 1700s.  Historic Irish maps may be divided into 3 groups:-
(1) Maps that pre-date Sir William Petty's Down survey of 1655-6 are inaccurate by modern standards, although extraordinary for the technology of the period
(2) Maps based on the Down survey have greatly improved accuracy
(3) The Ordnance Survey of 1835 was very detailed and very accurate, and in addition, printing technology was improved.
Examples from all three periods are shown below



Abraham Ortelius (April 2, 1527 – June 28, 1598) is generally recognised as the creator of the first modern atlas.  His atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World), was first issued in 1570, and expanded over subsequent re-issues.  An extract from his 1584 edition clearly shows Dublyn (Dublin), and below it, Carig Brenna, between Mergon (Merrion) and Brey (Bray).  Most of the locations named are the locations of major monastries such as Glendalough, Maynooth, Clane, Lucan and others, and clearly indicates that Carig Brenna is an important site at the time.  Note that many early maps of Ireland are printed with west at the top of the page, so you must turn it through 90 degrees to relate it to a modern map

From a technical point of view, this map is printed from a copperplate etching, which involves scratching the map details on copper using a sharp stylus.  The map would have to be entirely engraved backwards, so that the printed image would be correct. The map was drawn in 1573, and 6375 copies were printed in the years 1573-1612.

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Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594) is known to students from the Mercator Projection maps of the world.  Many of the so-called Mercator maps were produced by his Amsterdam company after his death, and this one called "Irlandić regnum" dates from 1606 or thereabouts.  Mercator was a friend of Ortelius, and they clearly influenced each other.  Dublyn (Dublin) is clearly shown, as are Merion (Merrion), Monston (Monkstown), Dalkey and Bray, although the latter is shown somewhat inland

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Monkstown is also shown on John Speed's 1610 map of Leinster, probably the best known of all historic Irish maps.



After the Down survey of 1655-6, maps of Ireland were much improved, and show the shape of Ireland well defined as we know it today.  This 1710 map by Frederik De Wit  is typical.  It shows a road running southwards from Dublin through Donnybrook and Monkstown to Conoghibray (Bray), and passing by the villages of Bullock and Killiney on the way.


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Roques map of 1756 shows Monkstown as farmland, with a path running down the line of the present Monkstown Road, and a lesser one on the line of Seapoint Avenue.  Monkstown Castle is marked.  The most prominent feature of Monkstown is the pair of rivers which are now culverted where they meet under Pakenham Road.  There is the beginnings of a village in the area around the coffee house which pre-dated the Purty Kitchen.  Note that much of the area now occupied by Upper Georges St and the Peoples Park is marked as Monkstown Common


Taylors map of 1816 shows Monkstown before the arrival of the railway.  It shows the East pier of Dun Laoghaire, but not the East pier.  This map also pre-dates the Ordnance Survey, and is therefore not as accurate as maps after 1837


By 1837, the techniques of printing had improved very much, and map-makers delighted in packing in as much detail as possible.  The map opposite has been enlarged, but the original requires a good magnifying glass to read it.  It was produced by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, a sort of "Readers Digest" of it's time. 

The harbour of Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) had recently been completed. The temporary railway to Dalkey Quarry for transport of blocks for the harbour can be clearly seen.  The Dublin-Kingstown railway had not in fact been completed when the map was drawn (it originally terminated close to the Purty Kitchen) - the cartographer had access to the plans.

At the junction of Cumberland St and York Road, the new town of Kingstown is starting to develop, but the area now called Georges St is almost entirely undeveloped.  Mountpelier parade (off Monkstown Rd) has just been built.  The Church of Ireland, Monkstown is also new. The ruined church "Ru Ch" at Carrickbrennan graveyard is shown.  The two streams can be seen, one passing through Monkstown Valley, and the other passing Monkstown Castle and the graveyard.  Only a pathway is shown for part of Seapoint Avenue, but part of Longford Terrace can be seen, probably under construction at this time.  All of the rest of Monkstown is open country with stately homes.

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List of addresses in St Patrick's Parish

Albany Avenue Monkstown Grove
Alma Park Monkstown Road North 34-74
Alma Place Monkstown Road South (93a-57
Ashton Park Monkstown Valley, Arundel
Auburn Villas Monkstown Valley, Beauparc Downs
Barrett Street Monkstown Valley, Southdene
Belgrave Place Monkstown Valley, The Alders
Belgrave Road(Part of) Monkstown Valley, The Beeches
Belgrave Square Monkstown Valley, The Cedars
Brighton Avenue Monkstown Valley, The Maples
Brighton Lane Monkstown Valley, The Orchard
Brighton Terrace Monkstown Valley, The Poplars
Brook Court Monkstown Valley, The Willows
Cambria House Mountown Lower
Cambridge Terrace Mountown Upper
Carrickbrennan Lawn Mountwood
Carrickbrennan Road Old Dunleary
Castle Park Pakenham Road
Clarence Street (Part of) Queens Court (A & B)
Clearwater Cove Queens Park
Clifton Avenue Richmond Avenue
Clifton Lane Richmond Green
Clifton Terrace Richmond Grove
Cumberland Street Richmond Hill
DeVesci Court Richmond Park
DeVesci Terrace Richmond Park Drive
Drayton Close Riversdale Court
Dunedin Park Salthill Apartments
Dunleary Road Scotia House
Fitzgerald Park Seafield Ave
Glandore Court Seapoint Avenue (Part of)
Glandore Park Sloperton
Grosvenor House Smyth's Villas
Grosvenor Terrace St. Johns Park
Heathfield Synnott Terrace
Hibernia House The Crescent
Knapton Court The Hill
Knapton Lawn The Slopes
Knapton Road Trafalgar Lane
Knapton Terrace Trafalgar Terrace
Knapton Villas Verona
Longford Place Vesey Place
Longford Terrace Willow Bank
Meadowlands Avenue Windsor Court
Meadowlands Court Windsor Drive
Meadowlands Mews Windsor Park
Meadowlands Park
Monkstown Avenue