This seventh volume of proceedings of the annual Friends of Medieval Dublin symposium contains, in the archaeological arena, John Ó Néill’s assessment of the significance for Viking-Age rural settlement in the Dublin region of his excavations at Cherrywood, and, among other landmark studies, a report by Abi Cryerhall on her excavations of the medieval ‘Hangman’s Lane’ (subsequently the site of Hammond Lane iron foundry). Roger Stalley studies the ‘country retreat’ of Dublin’s archbishops at Swords Castle in the later Middle Ages, while Linzi Simpson’s innovatory use of John Rocque’s 1756 map enables her to retrace precise property boundaries in the medieval city. The very timbers that survive in the roofs of Dublin’s two Anglo-Norman cathedrals are subjected to detailed analysis, Máire Geaney surveying those in the nave and south transept of Christ Church, while Charles Lyons presents remarkable new evidence that the roof-timbers of St Patrick’s cathedral survive virtually intact from its medieval heyday. Historical essays range from Viking-Age Dublin and David Dumville’s exploration of its wider international relations, to Tudor Dublin, and Brendan Scott’s study of the opposition of its monastic houses to Henry VIII’s plans for their dissolution.
Abi Cryerhall– Excavations at Hammond Lane, Dublin: from hurdle-ford to iron foundry
Seán Duffy – The royal dynasties of Dublin and the Isles in the eleventh century
John Ó Néill – Excavation of pre-Norman structures on the site of an enclosed Early Christian cemetery at Cherrywood, County Dublin
Raghnall Ó Floinn – The foundation of relics of Christ Church cathedral and the origins of the diocese of Dublin
Alan Hayden – Excavation of a medieval house in the grounds of Howth House, County Dublin
Linzi Simpson – John Rocque’s map of Dublin (1756): a modern source for medieval property-boundaries
Roger Stalley – The archbishop’s residence at Swords: castle or country retreat?
Charles Lyons – Dublin’s oldest roof? The choir of St Patrick’s cathedral
Brendan Scott – The religious houses of Tudor Dublin: their communities and resistance to the Dissolution, 1537-41
Máire Geaney – Christ Church cathedral, Dublin: a survey of the nave and south transept roofs