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Church St, Tarbert, Co.Kerry

This location, at the wide junction of Church St and Chapel St, in Tarbert, Co.Kerry, is also called "The Square" or "Market Square" or "The Parade". See map.
This location - the N side of the Square - is thought to have been the site of Tarbert Castle, built around 1450 by the Earl of Desmond, fell into ruins in the 1650s, now long vanished [Lynch, 2008].

The Church St property was acquired by Joseph Lindsay in the long term lease of 1804 [Deed, 1804].
[Deed, 1820] and [Deed, 1864] say Joseph Lindsay built the two houses here shortly before 1804.
[Letter of 8 Sept 1802] refers to Joseph Lindsay as one of the people who have recently built in Tarbert.
[Deed, 1804] is quoted in [Deed, 1820] as saying: "on which said front ground is lately built by said Joseph Lindsay slated houses two storie high".
The White House, Church St, was home of Joseph's widow Catherine Enraght after her husband's death 1805.

[Deed, 1812] is a lease from Sir Edward Leslie, Baronet to Joseph's son William Lindsay of "three" houses in Tarbert that were built by his father. These may be the Church St properties.
The Church St houses are definitely part of the lease of 1820 [Deed, 1820] which renews the original lease of 1804.
Catherine Enraght died at the White House, Church St, in 1832.
In 1851 her son William Lindsay was landlord of the White House and the adjacent property, and was renting them out.

William's widow Letitia Blennerhassett moved into the White House apparently after her husband's death 1862.
She was apparently there in 1864, and was living there in 1875 when the properties were put on sale (subject to her continued occupation until death).
Letitia probably died in the White House in 1876.

The Church St property shown in [Rental of around 1804].
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Map of the Lindsay property on Church St, Tarbert, in [Deed, 1820].
N is up. Deed describes this property as "on the North side of the Square" in Tarbert. Running from Church St up to the shore.
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As part of [Deed, 1820], William Lindsay agrees to replace a thatched roof on a rear building at the property with a slated roof.
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Map of Church St, Tarbert. 1829 to 1842 period.
The Lindsay property leased from [Deed, 1804] is the block with the red cross marked on it.
Two houses joined, with land stretching up to the estuary.
From OSI.

In [Griffiths Valuation, 1851] William Lindsay is landlord of (renting out) the houses numbered 45 and 46 Church St, Tarbert.
In this map North is to the right.
Number 45 is the White House, where Catherine Enraght lived after 1805 and died 1832.
In 1851 William Lindsay is renting both properties out to the Guardians of Glin Union for use as an "Auxiliary workhouse" (the main workhouse would have been at Glin).
William Lindsay's will dated 1852 says he is in possession of these two properties "together with the passage at the West end of said premises". He must mean the East end.
Building no. 82 / 83 here (Gallagher's Hotel) is the start of Chapel St.
Map from

William Lindsay died 1862.
It seems that his widow Letitia then moved into the White House (where she apparently lived until her death 1876). The other Church St house (shown as number 46 in Griffiths Valuation) was leased out for trade.
[Deed, 1864] says that Letitia is living in one of the houses (would be the White House).
[Deed, 1865] leases the two houses to Michael Slattery, auctioneer, of Tralee, and Michael Ahern, shopkeeper, of Tarbert (probably subject to Letitia's continued occupation of one of them, see below).

Tarbert, showing the Church St property.
Extract from 1868 map made for Robert Leslie.
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A new building was built apparently in 1871 at location number 46. [Deed, 1871] shows Daniel Fitzgibbon, draper, setting up shop here.
Though [Slater's directory, 1870] lists Daniel Fitzgibbon, draper, Market Square.

Notices of July-Aug 1875 refer to the sale of Lindsay properties in Tarbert.
Notices in Freemans Journal, July 17, 1875, and Aug 18, 1875, and 19 Aug 1875.
Notices also in Irish Times, August 12, 1875 and August 18, 1875 and August 25, 1875.
They say these properties are held under the old lease [Deed, 1820].
They are for sale in 1875 subject to the continued occupation of one of the houses by Letitia Lindsay, age "nearly 100".
The notices describe the properties as "two slated dwellinghouses ... on the principal street in the town". They say Letitia is living in one of them, and the other is a building that was "built specially for the drapery trade within the past four years" and has "a plateglass front".
That is, Letitia is living in the White House.
And number 46 is the drapery, built around 1871. (Hence the building shown as number 46 in Griffiths Valuation 1851 is the older building on the same site.)
This is Fitzgibbon's drapery, renting from Lindsay.
This is confirmed by the photo and census below.

Map of the area. 1887 to 1913 period.
The property numbered 46 in Griffiths Valuation clearly has only one back garden here (later it will be divided).
From OSI.

Fitzgibbon's drapery, The Square, is listed in [Slater's Directory, 1894].
Smyth's grocers, Church St (see below) is listed in [Slater's Directory, 1894].

The Lindsay properties on Church St.
From old Lindsay photo album.
Photo probably taken by Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay in 1896 or 1897.
On LHS is property numbered 46 in Griffiths Valuation.
On RHS (here Smyth's shop) is property numbered 45, which is described as the White House.
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Comparison with the drawing on [Deed, 1820].
The White House would be the RHS house.

The 1901 census for Church St shows that:
Number 46 is Fitzgibbon's drapery.
The White House is Smyth's shop.

Fitzgibbon's drapery, The Square, is listed in [Kelly's Munster Directory, 1906].
Benson-Fitzgibbon was drapery up to 1920s.

The same view in 1990.
The White House was then Murphy's restaurant.
Photo by Jackie Lindsay.
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In 2005 the White House was the Pagoda Chinese restaurant.
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See also side view.
Photos from Sandra Lindsay.

The White House shortly before 2011 was the "Golden Coast" Chinese restaurant.
Screenshot from Google Street View, pre-2011.
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The location today

The Lindsay properties on Church St today.
They are the two blocks in the centre here (dividing up blocks by roofline, not by colour).
Griffiths Valuation and the census both indicate that the Lindsay property numbered 46 is the full block with 5 windows on the top. This is now divided in two, the LHS part yellow, the RHS part pink. Its back garden is also now divided in two (but used not to be).
The White House is to the RHS (also 5 windows on the top, top white, bottom yellow).
Photo 2011. See full size.

Street view of the above location.
Click to rotate and move.
From Google Street View.

Modern map of the area.
The property numbered 46 in Griffiths Valuation has now had its back garden divided in two.
From OSI.

Property number 46 would be the full block with 5 windows on the top. This is now divided in two, the LHS part yellow, the RHS part pink.
This was apparently built about 1871.
The LHS part is the Community I.T. Access Internet cafe (also here).
Photo 2011. See full size.

The White House was built about 1803.
This is now Mochi Restaurant (Chinese, Japanese and Korean food).
Photo 2011. See full size.

Interior / back

The interior and the back of the White House.
The back (N side) goes out to an inlet off the Shannon estuary.
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Photo 2005 from Sandra Lindsay.

Rear of the White House.
Photo 2011. See full size.
See LHS (laneway).
See RHS (back of other Lindsay building). And other shot.

View from rear of the White House.
Photo 2011. See full size.
In the distance, across the water, is the road up to Tarbert Island.
See other shot.

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