Past Windmill lane

In Brief

At the beginning of Lotus Eaters Bloom walks eastward on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, "past Windmill Lane, Leask's the linseed crusher, the postal telegraph office. Could have given that address too. And past the sailors' home." As his interruption indicates, one of these four addresses holds some slight interest for him.

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Windmill Lane opens off the quay to the right, travels a single city block, turns right, and dead-ends at Creighton Street, forming a short "L." Just past it Bloom sees the shopfront of Leask's, which Gifford, reading Thom's, identifies as "H. M. Leask & Co., linseed crushers, oil and linseed cake manufacturers, 14-15 Rogerson's Quay." The business is long gone, but the brick structure remains. Gareth Collins notes that it is "pretty much the only original building remaining on Sir John Rogerson's Quay."

19 Rogerson's Quay held the "Shipwrecked Mariners' Society." Between Leask's and the old salts' home, Gifford observes, was the "Town Sub-Post Office, Savings Bank, and Money Order Office at 18 Rogerson's Quay. Bloom reflects that he could have used this post office as a blind in addition to the one in Westland Row toward which he is circling." Unlike his wife, he is quite surreptitious about his adulterous correspondence.

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Map of Bloom's wanderings in Gunn and Hart's A Topographical Guide.
Leask's building on the south bank of the Liffey, now occupied by Columbia Mills. Source: Gareth Colllins.