In Brief

Arnott's is the largest and oldest department store in Dublin, founded in 1843 and renamed Arnott's in 1865. It lies (and lay) west of O'Connell (Sackville) Street, just behind the General Post Office.

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About the disastrous fire in 1894, Gifford quotes from Thom's Directory: "On 4 May 1894 'the block of buildings owned by the firm of Arnott & Co. (Ltd.) which extends from Henry st. to Prince's st., totally destroyed by fire' (Thom's 1904, p. 2105). The business was quickly rebuilt, and the drawing to the right gives some sense of the scale of the business at the time of the novel.

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Drawing of Arnott's department store on Henry Street, ca 1902. Source: