ROPE WALK AND WHITAKER SQUARE – OFF SIR JOHN ROGERSON’S QUAY
If you do not know where this is it is not easy to find but if ask for directions to the Economic and Social Research Institute [ESRI] you will get there.
The construction work in my photographs is on the site of the former An Post Cardiff Lane Sorting Office. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/commercial-property/an-post-move-frees-up-docklands-site-1.2200886
The space shown in my photographs is behind the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane which can be accessed via Rope Walk which connects East Hanover Street to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay [there is a locked gate at the Hanover Street end of the lane]. Rope Walk [not to be confused with Ropewalk Place in Ringsend] runs parallel to Lime Street.
A ropewalk is a long straight narrow lane, or a covered pathway, where long strands of material are laid before being twisted into rope. Due to the length of some ropewalks, workers may use bicycles to get from one end to the other. Many ropewalks were in the open air, while others were covered only by roofs. Ropewalks historically were harsh sweatshops, and frequently caught fire, as hemp dust ignites easily and burns fiercely.