013 St George's, Hardwicke Place, 1960s [Church of Ireland]
St George’s Church was built between 1802 and 1813 for the prosperous Protestant community of the north inner city. Its architect was Francis Johnston who also designed the GPO on O’Connell Street.
At the front of the church are four columns and, above them, a Greek inscription which reads ‘Glory To God In The Highest’. Its clock tower was modelled on the St Martin’s-In-The-Fields church in London and dominates the skyline of the north inner city. It was a 'free church', i.e. one where no pew rents were paid and subsisted wholly on voluntary subscriptions. St George's fell into neglect when the Protestant gentry relocated to the suburbs in the middle of the nineteenth century.
St George’s was one of the first buildings in Dublin to be photographed when Rev. Calvert Jones (an associate of the 'father of modern photography William Henry Fox Talbot' took its photo about 1846. The Georgian houses that once surrounded the church were demolished in the twentieth century.
This photo is from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. This unique collection is an educational resource and provides a basis for original research on the history of Dublin from the second half of the twentieth century.