Dundalk 1837 (from the Parliamentary Papers)
REPORT upon the
PROPOSED MUNICIPAL BOUNDARY and DIVISION into WARDS of the BOROUGH of
Antient Limits: - THE precise Limits of the ancient Borough are not
recited in the Charters, and cannot be distinctly traced.
Description of the Town: - Dundalk is the County Town of Louth,
situate at the head of the Bay of the same name, and is an improving place;
its prosperity arises principally from its being a considerable mart for
agricultural produce, and a shipping port for Corn, Cattle, &c. The Harbour,
however, is shallow, admitting only small vessels, but should any of the
projects which have been suggested for its improvement ever be carried into
effect, it could most likely increase in importance, and extend principally
in the direction of the Cavalry Barracks, and from thence to Soldier's
Point. The Corporate Body possess no property of any description, or any
public revenue, except a small rent arising from the slaughter-house and
shambles, producing about 25L. per year.
Population: - By the Census of 1831, the Population amounted to
10,078; some increase has taken place since that period, and it may not be
over-rated at present at about 11,000 souls.
Local Rates: - The general Act for "lighting, watching and cleansing"
has been only partially brought into operation since February 1832. An
effectual watch has been established, but no lighting as yet. The Rates
levied on the inhabitants under the authority of this Act have been, from
July 1833 to July 1836, assessed in the following proportion; viz.
Houses of the value of £5, and not exceeding £10, at 5d. per
pound; £10, and not exceeding £20, at 7½d; £20 and upwards, at
10d. per pound; the annual amount of Rates as now collected being
County Rates: - The main street is a Turnpike Road; the other
principal streets and paths are kept in repair by County presentments,
levied according to an applotted valuation.
Proposed Boundary: - I recommend the following Boundary, which is
co-extensive with the Parliamentary Boundary: -
From the Point (I) on the East of the Town, about Eight
hundred Yards from the Inclosure Wall of the Cavalry Barracks, at which a
Road which runs from the Sea-shore through the Marshes to Black Rock leaves
the Sea-shore, along such Road to the Point at which the same meets the
Boundary (2) of the Lower Marsh Townland; thence, Westward, along the
Boundary of the Lower Marsh Townland to the Point at which the same reaches
the Bridge (3) on the Dublin Road; thence in a straight Line for about One
hundred Yards in a South-westerly direction to the nearest Point (4) of the
Boundary of the Town Parks; thence, Westward, along the Boundary of the Town
Parks to the Point at which the same meets the Boundary of Lord Roden's
Demesne (5) ; thence, Eastward, along the Boundary of Lord Roden's Demesne
to the Point at which the same meets the Boundary (6) between the Parishes
of Dundalk and Castletown, excluding the whole of the Demesne; thence,
Northward, along the Boundary between the Parishes of Dundalk and
Castletown, to the Point at which the same meets the Boundary of the Town
Parks at the River (7); thence, Eastward, along the Boundary of the Town
Parks to the Bridge on the Newry Road (8); thence along the Southern Shore
of the Bay of Dundalk to the Point first described.