Mill Street News 2

The visit to the Russell Library in Maynooth College yesterday proved most useful. Many thanks to Assistant Librarian Barbara McCormack for taking me through the intricacies of sixteenth and seventeenth century book-covers and giving me an opportunity to closely examine a number which were quite similar to the Mill Street fragment.

Today, it was back to the finds bags and the final batch to be examined. I have to say, Mill Street has not disappointed. The final three bags contained two shoes and a Brogue. One of the shoes had an example of a stacked-heel composed of at least 15 thin heel lifts all nailed together and still in situ. The heel had been heavily worn before being brought to the cobbler who seems to have cut away the outer sole as if to start a repair, then thought better of it, and threw it away.


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An almost complete mid to late 17th century shoe with square toe and stacked heel of thin lifts.



Stacked leather heel of thin heel-lifts with a thicker top-piece all retained in situ with hob-nails.


The Brogue is the only one from the site. And what a brogue it is! Not a lot to look at as it is actually in pieces, but that is the beauty of it.

Previous brogues I have examined were either intact or semi intact and for obvious reasons could not be taken apart for examination. Or else they consisted of fragments of the upper parts as detailed in the post on the Lucas Type 5. In fact the reconstruction I suggested is now obsolete as a result of today’s find. The upper parts are fine, no problems there. But, as the brogue was of turn-shoe construction I used a standard turn-shoe seam. A reasonable suggestion at the time (I made the pair two years ago) but not one I can stand over any longer. A corrected interpretation is now planned……….

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