Homesick: the Irish in asylums in the North of England

Author(s): Katherine Fennelly

Year: 2013


Following development of a nineteenth century asylum complex in the North of England, a clay pipe bowl and stem fragment were discovered. The bowl was incised with the words ‘Dublin’, and may have related to a local pipe maker who catered for the demand of an increasing market of emigrant Irish. Its presence indicates the conscious cultivation of an Irish-abroad identity within the larger growing population of the North of England.

This paper will look at the issue of ‘homesickness’, juxtaposing the landscape of the urban industrial north with the ‘home’ landscape of the rural Irish emigrant, and determining the extent to which their identity was shaped by displacement. The proliferation of asylum building across the north of the country will be considered, not as a direct result, but a related by-product of mass emigration.

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Homesick: the Irish in asylums in the North of England. Katherine Fennelly. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428442)


Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 405