The Liberties is an old bustling district that sprung up outside Dublin's old city walls. For hundreds of years, an independent-minded community of merchants, brewers and distillers have thrived here. Much of this area was redeveloped after the great whiskey fire of 1875, when Guinness began building housing for its brewery workers behind Thomas Street. The base of these lamps is made from old beams reclaimed from a building in the Liberties area of Dublin. The long bulb with meandering filament sits within a copper pipe that borrows from the distillers and brewers that have been at the heart of the Liberties for hundreds of years.