The Port of Waterford Building was originally the town house of the Morris family of Rossduff. It was built to the designs of Waterford’s famous Georgian architect John Roberts and contains an exquisite oval staircase and stucco designed by Patrick Osborne. It was then acquired by the Chamber of Commerce in 1815 as the headquarters for the city’s busy port. Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and has always been one of the main gateways to Ireland for people and ideas since prehistoric times. The Vikings established the town as their first coastal trading settlement and by the medieval times it had become cosmopolitan, sophisticated and prosperous based on its monopoly of the import and export trade of wool, hides, grain, iron, salt, wine and luxury goods such as figs, dates and silk. In the 18th and 19th centuries the port expanded and by about 1800 Waterford was a booming global port with a global trading network of 400 ports and also had the biggest shipbuilding yard in Ireland.

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