The Prince and the Freeman
U 7.21-4: Grossbooted draymen rolled barrels dullthudding out of Prince's stores and bumped them up on the brewery float. On the brewery float bumped dullthudding barrels rolled by grossbooted draymen out of Prince's stores.
The dullthudding barrels would have come up from the “very commodious and dry [cellarage], extending under arched vaults beneath Prince’s street” (Freeman’s Journal, 4 June 1891).
At that time the Hotel Metropole occupied Nos 1 and 2 North Prince’s Street and Prince’s Stores was at No 3. The warehouse at No 13 identified by Gifford and others is further down the cul-de-sac near William’s Lane and irrelevant to the action of Ulysses.
The shaded areas show buildings destroyed during the Easter Rising. The Prince’s Stores can be seen between the Hotel Metropole and the Freeman’s Offices.
The destruction of the whole block of buildings between Prince’s Street and Middle Abbey Street during April 1916 almost completely erased the memory of a once-famous haunt for journalists, the staff of firms like Eason’s and Thom’s, as well as those employed in the GPO opposite. The premises were rebuilt in 1919 and lasted for another fifty years as Prince’s Bar until they were finally demolished along with the Metropole and Capitol Cinemas in 1972.
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