Welcome to another Doirse Déardaoin, which is the Irish way of saying Thursday Doors. Although the small section of door you can see to the right of this photograph is nothing spectacular to look at, the top half of the building more than makes up for it.
I looked up the history of Property House, 29 Grand Parade, Cork city and found a reference to one of its former uses. Historical business directories of 1845 record that it was occupied by a James Tancred, glove manufacturer. In an earlier directory of 1824, a James and Moses Tancred are listed as ‘glovers’ in Cockpit Lane and Hanover Street.
It seems the business in Grand Parade had a bad year in 1846 (there was massive starvation and evictions countrywide at the time, which might not have helped). According to historical records, there were at least three other glove shops in the same street, so lots of competition for James Tancred to contend with. In 1846, a John Tancred arrived in Cork from Dublin and filed for insolvency with regards to the glove business in 29 Grand Parade. Apparently, he had been in the trade for forty years but had ceased operating in Dublin. He had also been indicted for causing a nuisance by setting up a glue yard (the poor man was probably hoping to become solvent – financially speaking). This was either James under a different name or a family member, possibly his father.
The only creditor objecting to the insolvency was the owner of number 29 Grand Parade, a Miss Mary O’Neil, to whom Mr. Tancred owed £70, a full year’s rent. She may have been in a bit of a pickle herself, as the lease was being held by her bank as security for bills. The result of the case was that ‘The Insolvent’ was discharged, undertaking to give a consent for judgment and gave up the house to Miss O’Neil. *
Fast forward to 2017. If you’ve lost your gloves on a cold day in the city, there’s no point in calling to Property House to buy a new pair. The ‘Bean & Leaf’ coffee house now operates from the premises (they do lunches, too). They have only recently opened for business and I haven’t been to the city to try it out yet – but I will. This is the photo from their pinned tweet. That first floor looks inviting. I hope they get lots of support, it’s so good to see a lovely old building in use.
There’s a Bean & Leaf in Mahon Point Retail Park and Carrigaline, too.
Sláinte for now and don’t forget to check out Norm’s blog for more Thursday Doors.
Source: * History