There is now a pedestrian bridge connecting John's Quay to Bateman Quay which is home to a courthouse and the new Thomas Woodgate Memorial.

On the former Smithwick’s Brewery and Bateman Quay sites, historical maps reveal that the area was subdivided into long plots of ground with one end on the main street known as burgage plots. These burgage plots were first established by William Marshall in 1207. A ‘burgess’ rented a burgage plot for a shilling a year and built a house on the street. Behind the house stretched a long narrow garden for growing fruit and vegetables. The burgesses built sheds in these gardens and in some instances, a dovecote, which ensured a supply of fresh meat for the family all year around.


I first photographed this memorial in March 2021 but forgot to publish the resulting images.

In 2021 I used a Sony 7RIV with a Sony PZ 28-135mm Lens and in 2022 I uses a Canon 5D MkIII with a Sigma 24-105mm Lens.

Thomas was from Callan in Co Kilkenny, the son of Edward and Hanora Woodgate of Mill Street, and until recently it was assumed that he was 18 when he signed up to the Royal Air Force in late 1918. He died on board RMS Leinster on 10 October 1918, when it was torpedoed by a German submarine close to the Kish Lighthouse while on its way to Holyhead.
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