Skip to content
Society, Politics & Law
  • Activity
  • 15 mins
  • Level 1: Introductory

Upper Buckingham Street, Dublin, Ireland: from speculative landowners to multi-tenanted tenements

Updated Sunday 8th July 2012

The story of Upper Buckingham Street, from its initial layout in 1788 to the present day, reflects the ups and downs of Dublin city and its people.

From 18th century speculative landowners to present-day rehabilitation

Upper Buckingham Street, in Dublin’s north-east inner city, represents a microcosm of the city’s development from its initial layout by speculative landowners in the late 18th century ‘golden age’, through its largely middle-class residential status in the 19th century, its demotion to tenement use, then attempted rehabilitation in the late 20th century.

The housing on the street represents every era from fine Georgian residences to middle-class Victorian dwellings and a range of purpose-built flats intended for the working classes built both by a private semi-philanthropic housing company (DADC) and by the city authorities.

Upper Buckingham Street, Dublin

Click each image to find maps, pictures and stories from Upper Buckingham Street.

From a street of comfortable middle-class dwellings, decline in the late 19th century saw subdivision into working-class multi-family tenements. Copyright Courtesy of Dublin City Public Libraries Regeneration projects to rehabilitate the area's physical and social fabric stalled in the economic downturn, but a strong community spirit remains. Copyright Brian Matthews Explore the Upper Buckingham Street area on Google map streetview. Copyright Brian Matthews A series of 20th century local authority flat complexes built to tackle slum conditions led to a concentration of social deprivation. Copyright G&T Crampton Limited Archive
Copyright Background: Cassini historical maps

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Breaking from the pack: Dublin and the Giro D'Italia Creative commons image Icon The Open University / Ruth McManus under Creative-Commons license article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Breaking from the pack: Dublin and the Giro D'Italia

Bringing the Giro D'Italia to Dublin shows a city determined to keep a high profile internationally.

Great Ancoats Street, Manchester: cottonopolis to urban village Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Isis Waterside Regeneration activity icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Great Ancoats Street, Manchester: cottonopolis to urban village

What are the stories behind this unique 'urban village'? From the largest mills of Manchester's 19th century industrial era to slum dwellings in the 1920s. 21st century Ancoats sees revamped canals, squares and modern, stylish apartments.

Mapping the city, taming the city Creative commons image Icon jntolva under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license audio icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Mapping the city, taming the city

As people come to live in urban spaces, how do they come to terms with their surroundings? Gillian Rose explains some of the ways we make sense of our modern surroundings.

5 mins
A walk around... Glasgow Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC audio icon

History & The Arts 

A walk around... Glasgow

A roaring trade with the Americans and Europeans helped transform Glasgow from a nondescript, small town into a thriving metropolis with huge and expensive buildings. Find out how the Tobacco Lords changed the face of the city with Neil Oliver and guests.

30 mins
Gentrification Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: article icon

Society, Politics & Law 


The process of gentrification - as explored in Marseille - is a common one in Western cities. Sophie Watson explores how rough neighbourhoods become magnets for the wealthy.

The Great Fall: Germany 25 years later Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ine Beerten | article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The Great Fall: Germany 25 years later

Do East and West Germans' views on the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin wall differ greatly?

The problem of progress Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Jupiter Images article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The problem of progress

Geoff Andrews argues that to understand political philosopher John Gray's view on immortality theories, we need to look at the development of his wider political philosophy

Waste not, want not? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Paper bales image (c) Philnik | activity icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Waste not, want not?

Despite it being part of our everyday lives, waste management is a mystery to many. Try our quiz to test your knowledge.  

‘Social Murder’: the realities of ‘Better Regulation’ in Contemporary Britain Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

‘Social Murder’: the realities of ‘Better Regulation’ in Contemporary Britain

Is the 'Better Regulation' in areas like food safety, workers' health and pollution control slowly killing us?