About Walter Farrell
Walter Farrell purchased St. Saviour's or Black Friars Abbey, Waterford. This had been established by King Henry lll in 1235 at the request of the citizens for the Dominican Order. Other houses in High Street formed part of the property. Part of the property was demolished for city improvements, The rest remained inthe family for generations.
Alicia (Farrell) Flynn: "Walter, born at the Blackfriars house about 1769, was baptized in the parish of Trinity Within. Educated at Waterford, he took over his father's business and shop -- the cordwainers. Having some trustworthy and clever foreman in his employment, he was greatly at liberty and much relieved from the care of the business. He married Bridget Reville about 1808. They always resided at the Blackfriars house except when at Tramore, a seaside resort about seven miles from Waterford, which they visited every summer and indeed often at other times of the year, having a horse and car. Walter Farrell demolished the old houses on the Blackfriars estate and built the present ones. I believe he lived to be over 90 [this is the source of the guess at his death date above], and died long after his brother Richard, in a house in the Manor, where he had been residing for some time. He was buried at Cnoc buidh, I think. He lived in my time. He was plain looking, small, sharp and keen, of fair hair and complexion, blue eyed. He was a thorough Catholic, talented and of the best of principles."
Added 21 Feb. 08 (B. Grogan)...
A cordwainer (or cordovan) is somebody who makes shoes and other articles from fine soft leather. The word is derived from "cordwain", or "cordovan", the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made shoes, and a cobbler, who repaired them. However, this distinction gradually weakened, particularly during the twentieth century, with the predominance of shoe retailers who neither made nor repaired the shoes themselves.
The pictures attached show the size stick or measure used to measure feet by the cordwainer. This belonged to Walter Farrel, Blackfriars, Waterford. It is made from brass and is in very good condition, graduated in inches and in shoe sizes.