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Irsha Street Appledore

Victoria limerick

London, United Kingdom

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Irsha Street is one of the oldest streets in Appledore, with an exciting history of smuggling, prostitution, secret tunnels and ghosts. The street is made up from a collection of properties surviving from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Appledore attracted many Victorian Artists, who appreciated the timeless quality of the village and the inhabitants. Irsha Street formerly an ancient community called ‘Irsha’ runs parellel to the foreshore.

The explanation is that 50 years ago (i.e. prior to 1952) a row of houses flanked the river, with their doors just a few inches above high-tide. Twelve feet higher and back-to-back were other houses, which fronted on to Irsha Street. The difference in the levels between the river and the street is about 24 feet, and in days gone by (at spring-tides) the people in Irsha Street would come down to effect a neighbourly rescue of those in the houses on the riverside as an exceptionally high tide lapped their very beds.

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