Christchurch Place

Christchurch Place is a street in central Dublin, Ireland, formerly known as Skinners Row or Skinner's Row.

Christchurch Place
Gleeson O'Dea & Co. Ltd. No. 21-22, Christchurch Place, Dublin City, Co. Dublin. (27648328816).jpg
Gleeson O'Dea & Co. Ltd. No. 21-22, Christchurch Place (1951)
Former name(s)Skinners Row, Skinner's Row
LocationDublin, Ireland
Postal codeD02
Coordinates53°20′35″N 6°16′15″W / 53.34307°N 6.27075°W / 53.34307; -6.27075Coordinates: 53°20′35″N 6°16′15″W / 53.34307°N 6.27075°W / 53.34307; -6.27075


The street runs along the southern edge of Christ Church Cathedral. It was previously known as Skinners or Skinner's Row,[1] named for the traders working on leather and hides that once occupied the street.[2] It was lined by a number of historically important but now demolished buildings. Before the Wide Streets Commission, the street was apparently as narrow as 17 feet and was described by Sir John Gilbert as "a narrow and sombre alley". Where it met Castle Street, there was a pillory, and at the junction with High Street there was the now lost High Market Cross. It also met Fishamble Street at a short stretch which was known as Booth Street.[3]

One of the key buildings of Skinner's Row was The Tholsel, which stood on the junction of Skinner's Row, Nicholas Street and High Street. This building dated from 1680s,[4] but a structure with a similar function had stood on this site from the early 1300s.[5] It was demolished in 1809,[6] with nothing of the structure remaining. Some of the statues from The Tholsel are now on display in Christ Church Cathedral.[7]

The Market Cross also stood near the western end of the junction with high street. Its earliest confirmed identification is from a public punishment in 1571 however it was likely erected much earlier. The last remaining drawing of the cross is by John Simmons in 1776. It was then taken down sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century and its whereabouts are now unknown.[8]

Throughout the late 1700s and early 1800s, Skinner's Row was the street that many booksellers, printers, jewellers and goldsmiths worked from.[2][9] It was also the site of Dick's Coffee House in Carberry House, which was demolished in 1780.[10]

Skinner's Row was the narrowest point in the streets of Dublin at the time, and in 1820s the street was widened and renamed Christchurch Place.[11]

The Market Cross, Dublin
The Tholsel, Dublin

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  1. ^ Griffith, Lisa Marie (2014). Stones of Dublin : a history of Dublin in ten buildings. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 9781848898721.
  2. ^ a b Curtis, Maurice (2013). The Liberties: A history. The History Press. ISBN 9780752490328.
  3. ^ Hughes, L. J. (1941). "Main Street, Dublin". Dublin Historical Record. 3 (3): 67–77. ISSN 0012-6861. JSTOR 30080036.
  4. ^ "Ireland Illustrated: View a Record". NUI Galway. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  5. ^ Dublin, a historical sketch. London: The Religious Tract Society. 1799. p. 81.
  6. ^ Thornton, Weldon (1968). Allusions in Ulysses. North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press. p. 234. ISBN 9780807840894.
  7. ^ "A reminder of Dublin's Tholsel building". Come Here To Me!. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Dublin city's medieval High Cross | Irish Archaeology". 7 March 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ Foster, Allen (2015). Foster's historical Irish oddities : a compendium of extraordinary but true tales. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 9780717168507.
  10. ^ "Dublin's First Coffee Houses". Dublin City Architects Blog. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  11. ^ Killeen, Richard (2010). A Short History of Dublin : Dublin From the Vikings to the Modern Era. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 9780717163854.