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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century$
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Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940650

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.001.0001

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Cork’s Courthouses, the Landed Elite, and the Rockite Rebellion: Architectural Responses to Agrarian Violence, 1820–1827

Cork’s Courthouses, the Landed Elite, and the Rockite Rebellion: Architectural Responses to Agrarian Violence, 1820–1827

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(p.87) 5 Cork’s Courthouses, the Landed Elite, and the Rockite Rebellion: Architectural Responses to Agrarian Violence, 1820–1827
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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century
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Richard J. Butler

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.003.0006

This chapter complements a burgeoning literature on Irish architecture within the wider concept of ‘improvement’ during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A detailed examination of the building of county Cork’s new courthouses and bridewells during the 1820s offers a fascinating insight into the thought processes of grand juries as they sought to marry their visions of improvement with the practicalities of penal architecture and urban planning. The Rockite disturbances provided the immediate backdrop, but this thought-provoking essay shows that the flurry of new building in Cork must be considered within ‘the delicate balance of alliance and enmity which characterises central state and Irish grand jury relations in this period’.

Keywords:   Cork, Courthouses, Civic elites, Captain Rock, Architecture

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