Commissioners for the Improvement of St. Michael's Parish, 1810-1851

Reference code: IE LA L/MP

Extent: 30.00 Volumes

Scope & Content

Minute Books (1819-1844) which include details of the setting of rates, payments made and services provided including scavenging, nuisance prevention, street sweeping, the lighting of street lamps and a list of Commissioners.

Account Books (1813-1851) which provide details of services rendered, payments made on items such as street lighting, street sweeping, night watchmen, sewer maintenance, surveying, rate collecting and the sale of various surplus parish items including manure.

Rate Books (1810-1846) providing details of rates collected including inhabitants, yearly value of premises, rates payable', 'when paid' and 'insolvencies'.Streets mentioned in volumes include: Ann(e) Street, Arthur's Quay, Baker Place, Bank Place, Barrington Street, Bedford Row, Brunswick Street, Carr Street, Catherine Place, Catherine Street, Cecil Street , Cecil Street Upper Charlotte Quay, Charlotte Quay, Lane rear of Corn Market Row, Cornwallis Street, Custom House Place, Denmark Street, Denmark Street Upper, Dominick Street, Ellen Street, Francis Street, George Street, Glentworth Street, Griffiths Row, Hartstonge Street, Henry Street, High Street, Honans Quay, Mallow Street, Market Ally, Meads Quay, Michael Street, Murnanes Place, Nelson Street, Newenham Street, Old Hay market, Old Play House lane, Patrick Street, Pery Square, Pery Square- East Side, Pery Square - Tontine Houses, Pery Street, Pikes Lane, Queen Street, Quinlan Street, Richmond Place, Robert Street, Roches Street, Rutland Street, Sexton Street, Shannon Street, Studdarts Lane, Taylors Street, Thomas Street, Watergate Lane, Windmill Street, Wickam Street, William Street, William Street Little, William Street, Upper.

As the area grew more streets and premises were included over time. Individual house numbers are only included within the first two volumes.

Night Watch Report Books (1838-1849) containing nightly reports of the Night Watch service for St. Michael's parish, detailing the number of men on duty each night and whether they were permanent or supernumerary staff, details of incidents that occurred throughout each night and a weekly watchmen pay list.

Inspector's Visits Report Book (1837-1838) containing details of the Night Watch Inspectors nightly inspections.

Subjects

Cleansing, Commissioners of St. Michael's Parish, Fire Brigade, Lighting, Municipal Government, Newtown Pery, Limerick, Rates, Reform, St. Michael's Parish, Limerick

Creator(s)

Commissioners for the Improvement of St. Michael's Parish

Biographical / Historical Note

Newtown Pery experienced a great development in the last third of the eighteenth century and the incapacity of Limerick Corporation to provide all the services required for the expanding city, led to the appointment of improvement commissioners. The result was the creation of the Commissioners for the Improvement of St Michael's Parish by the Newtown Act of 1807, "an act for paving, cleaning, lighting and watching the parish of St Michael, in the liberties of the city of Limerick, and adjoining the said city, and for preventing and removing nuisances therein".

The Commissioners for the Improvement of St Michael's Parish were abolished by the Limerick Improvement Act of 1853 and their property, staff and powers to pave, clean, light and watch were transferred to Limerick Corporation.

Adminstrative Information

Access Restrictions: N.A.

Use Restrictions: N.A.

Related Materials: L/OC Limerick Corporation pre-Reform


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1. Minute Books, 1819 - 1844

Minute book of St. Michael's Parish Commissioners Minute Books entitled 'Proceedings & Resolutions of the Commissioners for Improving St. Michael's Parish'. Meetings include details of the setting of rates, payments made and services provided including scavenging, nuisance prevention, street sweeping and the lighting of street lamps. Includes a list of Commissioners.
Extent: 3 Volumes

 

   L/MP/1/1. 12 April 1819 - 8 April 1833 (DjVu - 27.7 Mb)
    Minute book of St. Michael's Parish Commissioners Minute Books entitled 'Proceedings & Resolutions of the Commissioners for Improving St. Michael's Parish'
Extent: 353pp
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   L/MP/1/2. 9 April 1833 - 19 October 1838 (DjVu - 34.7 Mb)
    Minute book of St. Michael's Parish Commissioners Minute Books entitled 'Proceedings & Resolutions of the Commissioners for Improving St. Michael's Parish'
Extent: 364pp
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   L/MP/1/3. 26 October 1838 - 19 April 1844 (DjVu - 43.0 Mb)
    Minute book of St. Michael's Parish Commissioners Minute Books entitled 'Proceedings & Resolutions of the Commissioners for Improving St. Michael's Parish'
Extent: 442pp
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   L/MP/1/6. 2 October 1835-5 August 1836 (DjVu - 5.15 Mb)
    Rough Minute Book of St. Micheals' Parish Commissioners. Includes details of commissioners present, resolutions passed, and correspondence received. Meetings also recorded in L/MP/1/2.
Extent: 92pp
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2. Account Books, 1813 - 1851

Ledger of accounts paid entitled 'Waste Book of the Accounts of the Commissioners for Improving of the Parish of St. Michael'. Includes details of services rendered, payments made and to whom paid.

Items detailed include, street lighting, street sweeping, night watchmen, sewer maintenance, surveying, rate collecting and the sale of various surplus parish items including manure.
Extent: 3 Volumes

 

   L/MP/2/1. 18 December 1813 - 25 March 1820 (DjVu - 35.5 Mb)
    Account Book 1813-1820
Extent: 382pp
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   L/MP/2/2. 13 November 1822 - 6 December 1825 (DjVu - 40.2 Mb)
    Account Book 1822-1825
Extent: 540pp
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   L/MP/2/4. 8 July 1842 - 1 October 1851 (DjVu - 56.4 Mb)
    Account Book 1842-1851
Extent: 542pp
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3. Rate Books, 1810 - 1846

Rate Books of St. Michael's Parish. Some volumes include the statement of intent.

"We the Commissioners for improving the Parish of S. Michael in the Liberties of the said City of Limerick and adjoining the said city, by authority of the Act of Parliament for that purpose, do hereby order, direct and require ... forthwith to collect and receive the general and respective sums of money expressed and contained in the aforesaid assessments from the several and respective persons chargeable with the same, which for the half year commencing .. and ending ... amounts given into my hands this ..... Signed by St. Michael's Parish Commissioners".

Details are listed under the following columns; street name, inhabitants, yearly value of premises, rates payable', 'when paid' and 'insolvencies'. Some volumes are incomplete.

Streets mentioned in volumes include: Ann(e) Street, Arthur's Quay, Baker Place, Bank Place, Barrington Street, Bedford Row, Brunswick Street, Carr Street, Catherine Place, Catherine Street, Cecil Street , Cecil Street Upper Charlotte Quay, Charlotte Quay, Lane rear of Corn Market Row, Cornwallis Street, Custom House Place, Denmark Street, Denmark Street Upper, Dominick Street, Ellen Street, Francis Street, George Street, Glentworth Street, Griffiths Row, Hartstonge Street, Henry Street, High Street, Honans Quay, Mallow Street, Market Ally, Meads Quay, Michael Street, Murnanes Place, Nelson Street, Newenham Street, Old Hay market, Old Play House lane, Patrick Street, Pery Square, Pery Square- East Side, Pery Square - Tontine Houses, Pery Street, Pikes Lane, Queen Street, Quinlan Street, Richmond Place, Robert Street, Roches Street, Rutland Street, Sexton Street, Shannon Street, Studdarts Lane, Taylors Street, Thomas Street, Watergate Lane, Windmill Street, Wickam Street, William Street, William Street Little, William Street, Upper.

As the area grew more streets and premises were included over time. Individual house numbers are only included within the first two volumes.


Extent: 18 Volumes

   L/MP/3/3. September 1810 - March 1811 (DjVu - .12 Mb)
    Loose sheets
Extent: 3pp
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   L/MP/3/11. September 1814 - March 1815 (DjVu - 4.08 Mb)
    Rate Book 1814-1815
Extent: 51pp
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   L/MP/3/12. March 1815 - September 1815 (DjVu - 3.89 Mb)
    Rate Book 1815
Extent: 44pp
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   L/MP/3/22. September 1819 - March 1820 (DjVu - 2.30 Mb)
    Rate Book 1819-1820
Extent: 27pp
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   L/MP/3/30. September 1823 - March 1824 (DjVu - 2.56 Mb)
    Rate Book 1823-1824
Extent: 27pp
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   L/MP/3/40. September 1828 - March 1829 (DjVu - 2.88 Mb)
    Rate Book 1828-1829
Extent: 34pp
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   L/MP/3/42. September 1829 - March 1830 (DjVu - 2.57 Mb)
    Rate Book 1829-1830
Extent: 31pp
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   L/MP/3/44. September 1830 - March 1831 (DjVu - 2.54 Mb)
    Rate Book 1830-1831
Extent: 30pp
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   L/MP/3/45. March 1831 - September 1831 (DjVu - 2.32 Mb)
    Rate Book 1831
Extent: 28pp
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   L/MP/3/54. September 1835 - March 1836 (DjVu - 4.80 Mb)
    Rate Book 1835-1836 Index Included.
Extent: 68pp
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   L/MP/3/58. September 1837 - March 1838 (DjVu - 4.86 Mb)
    Rate Book 1837-1838 Index Included
Extent: 69pp
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   L/MP/3/59. March 1838 - September 1838 (DjVu - 0.91 Mb)
    Rate Book 1838. Rates kept in an 'exercise book'
Extent: 21pp
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   L/MP/3/63. March 1840 - September 1840 (DjVu - 5.74 Mb)
    Rate Book 1840
Extent: 75pp
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   L/MP/3/65. March 1841 - September 1841 (DjVu - 5.23 Mb)
    Rate Book 1841
Extent: 68pp
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   L/MP/3/66. September 1841 - March 1842 (DjVu - 5.77 Mb)
    Rate Book 1841-1842
Extent: 77pp
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   L/MP/3/67. March 1842 - September 1842 (DjVu - 6.35 Mb)
    Rate Book 1842
Extent: 76pp
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   L/MP/3/71. March 1844 - September 1844 (DjVu - 5.43 Mb)
    Rate Book 1844
Extent: 76pp
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   L/MP/3/76. September 1846 - March 1847 (DjVu - 0.16 Mb)
    Loose Sheet.
Extent: 1pp
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4. Night Watch Report Books, 1838-1849

Reports of the Night Watch service for St. Michael's parish, detailing the number of men on duty each night and whether they were permanent or supernumerary staff ('Morgan in place of Barry in Robert Street', 18 July 1845, L/MP/4/7).

Includes details of incidents that occurred throughout each night ('At half past four, McMahon reports Catherine Shines back door open in Little William Street', 14 December 1844, L/MP/4/7). Each volume includes a weekly watchmen pay list, detailing names of watchmen and wages paid.
Extent: 4 Volumes

 

   L/MP/4/3. 8 June 1838 - 27 December 1838 (DjVu - 27.2 Mb)
    Night Watch Report Book
Extent: 433pp
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   L/MP/4/7. 9 October 1844 - 14 November 1845 (DjVu - 51.9 Mb)
    Night Watch Report Book
Extent: 509pp
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   L/MP/4/9. L/MP/4/9. 9 November 1847 - 13 August 1848 (DjVu - 42.6 Mb)
    Night Watch Report Book
Extent: 455pp
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   L/MP/4/11. 12 June 1849 - 5 November 1849 (DjVu - 24.3 Mb)
    Night Watch Report Book
Extent: 313pp
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5. Inspector's Visits Report Book, 1837-1838

Inspectors Visits Report Book containing details of the Night Watch Inspectors nightly inspection of the Nightwatch men on duty.
Extent: 1 Volume

 

   L/MP/4/12. 6 October 1837 - 7 August 1838 (DjVu - 11.5 Mb)
    Inspectors Visits Report Book containing details of the Night Watch Inspectors nightly inspection of the nightwatch men on duty detailing each inspector's name and incidences, if any ('Mr Kelly commenced his first visit at two. Returned at three and found all correct'. 'Mr Kerin could not perform his visits in consequence of not finding himself well'). Each inspector used to make two or three visits per night.
Extent: 182pp
Access Rules: N.A.


Last update:22/02/2013

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