Having spent some time recently down in the sunny South East, or over in beautiful Sligo, it seems appropriate that we visit the wee North. This fine manorial style bridge looks a formidable crossing over a very minor road. Given that, even 100 years ago it was overgrown, how does it look today?
While still somewhat overgrown, as evidenced by the contemporary Flickr shots linked from the comments, we are at least delighted that this striking bridge still stands. Today's contributors tell us that this bridge was built, along with the nearby Helen's Bay Railway Station
in the 1860s. Designed by architect Benjamin Ferrey
, the project was bankrolled by Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava
, whose lands the line traversed. And whose coat-of-arms
still adorn the bridge....
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914
NLI Ref: L_ROY_02853
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Must be here
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The little path is Clandeboye Avenue according to here: www.geograph.ie/photo/2076694 They have links to other photos, showing different levels of overgrownness.
The coat of arms is that of the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, whose land it went through.
Sometimes flickr is amazing - in 2013 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/avalard/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/avalard/11788908594/] I think the bridge has been restored since 2013 - see this image via tripadvisor - media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/0c/69/42/ef/the-p...
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
From this (p 27 - 28 and 31 - 32), Lord Dufferin paid for and designed the station that was crossing his land. The station was originally called Clandeboye, the name was changed to Helen's bay before 1886.
That's a very impressive bridge. Like something out a a Pre-Raphelite dream.... I just spotted the second one. Pretty incredible.
If it is of a piece with the station, the DIA says the Architect was Benjamin Ferry, who also designed the gateway at Killyleagh Castle and St. John's CoI Church in Sandymount, Dublin.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected], https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet, https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia, https://www.flickr.com/photos/nydialy, and https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley for the insights. I've attempted to capture a summary in the description and updated the map and tags accordingly.
This book (The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland By William Alan McCutcheon) and indeed the Wikipedia article on Clandeboye Estate suggests that the road we see was used by Lord Dufferin himself. To get from his estate house to his private waiting room in the station. No surprise then that the bridge, arms and walkway were so grandiose and personalised. Very different times.
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Very whimsical! A bright that looks more like a castle!