The Laneways of Medieval Cork
Episode 1 – Christchurch Lane Part 1
Episode 2 - Christchurch Lane Part 2
Episode 3 – Castle Street Part 1
Episode 4 – Castle Street Part 2
Episode 5 – Cornmarket Street Part 1
Episode 6 – Cornmarket Street Part 2
Episode 7 – Skiddy’s Castle Lane
Episode 8 – St Peter’s Church Lane
Episode 9 – Old Post Office Lane
Episode 10 – Cockpit Lane
Episode 11 – Allen’s Lane
Episode 12 – Liberty Street
Episode 13 – New Bridewell Lane
Episode 14 – Crofts' Alley
Episode 15 – St Laurence’s Lane
Episode 16 – Court Lane
Episode 17 – Meeting House Lane
Episode 18 – Hanover Street
Episode 19 – Cotteren’s Lane
Episode 20 – Broad Lane
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Triskel Christchurch and Christchurch Lane, now incorporated into Bishop Lucey Park
The Laneways of Medieval Cork is a radio series exploring the history and development of Cork’s medieval laneways.
Meeting House Lane
Did you know there used to be a cockpit on North Main Street?
That the Munitions Storehouse at Skiddy’s Castle near North Gate Bridge once came close to being blown up by a burning rat, which had been set on fire by a local child as a prank?
That Liberty Street runs over what used to be a mill stream?
That in fact the medieval city of Cork was surrounded by water?
Have you ever heard of night filth?
Did you know that, as well as being a “House of Correction”, the Bridewell was used for storing coal?
That a tax on coal imports into the city was used to pay for the rebuilding of Christchurch in the early 18th century?
Or that Beamish & Crawford were not actually brewers?
The Beamish & Crawford Brewery on South Main Street
The Laneways of Medieval Cork is a documentary series of 20 x 5 minute radio pieces. Taking its cue from the book of the same name written by Gina Johnson - which features her own extensive research - the series features the author in on-location interviews around Cork’s medieval quarter to bring alive the history of this area.
The side gate to St Francis Church on North Main Street which commemorates the location of Broad Lane on this site
There are more than 70 documented laneways around Cork’s medieval main street (modern-day North and South Main Streets), with references dating from at least as far back as the 16th century. Most of these laneways are now covered or built over, but you can find many name plaques in the paving stones thanks to Cork City Council’s regeneration of the area in the 1990s.
A study of Cork’s medieval laneways through the centuries reveals a multitude about changing culture, behaviour and commercial activity in the city over that period, including up to the present day. Many of these lanes have changed names over the years, reflecting changes in property ownership or differing City Corporation policies. Themes emerging through the series include the rise of Cork’s merchant families, fluctuations in living standards, religious practices and settlements, the growth of an alms culture in the city, the expansion of the medieval city through reclamation of surrounding marshland and the development of the municipality of Cork. Stories of The Siege of Cork in 1690 rub shoulders with the clearing of inner-city tenements in the mid-20th century.
It is fascinating to draw comparisons between this history beneath our feet and the bustling retail and residential areas of modern-day North Main and South Main Streets.
Produced and Edited by Conor O’Toole
Sound Supervision by Kieran Hurley at UCC98.3FM
Contributor – Gina Johnson (Cork City Council)
Voiceover Artist – Mark D’Aughton
Music by Conor O'Toole
Series first broadcast on UCC98.3FM June 2014
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for a podcast of each episode.
This programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee
*The Laneways of Medieval Cork, written by Gina Johnson, was published in 2002 by Cork City Council. This study was completed during the refurbishment of the historic centre of Cork city. Go to this link to read or download a pdf copy of the book.