Originally Posted by Hamsterchops
Exactly what I'm talking about .....
So many examples in towns across England & Wales.
OP seems to be blithely and blissfully unaware that the UK and Ireland are two entirely different countries. Also shocking lack of basic knowledge about Irish history and fight for emancipation. Perhaps the OP dosn’t know or should google about the fight for Catholic Emancipation and its legal basis. Catholics (majority of the population) not allowed to have civil servant jobs,Catholics not allowed to speak their own native tongue, Catholics not allowed to recieve an education hence illegal hedge schools, CaTholics not allowed to own property over a hovel value, Catholics not allowed to pass land to one child only but forced to subdivide each tiny holding amongst all children leading to subsistance farming & dire poverty, Catholics not allowed to own a horse for personal use or farming over a pitiful value making ploughing a manual backbreakng task, land taken from landed catholic families and given forcibly to UK Protestants to then rent to subsistance Itish families farmers for impossible sums or for the faMilies toliterally be thrown onto the streets/roads and forced to starve, go to the workhouse or emigrate on coffin ships etc
There is a reason we fought the british empire for generations - finally winning our independence just over 100 years ago. There is a reason why the continued embedded hatred and discrimination in the North caused so much tragedy and hatred and murders and ruined lives well into the 1990’s.
We had better things to be thinking about than pretty houses for future generations.
Most prosperous towns were Dominated by wealthy Protrstants whose houses may have survived or were Market Towns or Garrison Towns where the dominant buildings were the courthouses and administration buildings, tax offices, garrison barracks and cottages for british soldiers, the main constabulary houses etc
Thankfully most issues now resolved and we are stuck with our own government taxing us to extinction instead.