Bathing Strand, Co. Wicklow

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From the Rocky Road to Glencar to the "golden sands" of Wicklow today. A glorious summer scene with a broad strand dotted with occasional seasonal visitors. I suspect that modern transport has made this a lot busier on sunny days today?

Sunny or not, there's no evidence of active bathing in the shot, which - per today's discussion - is expected to be at the very latter end of the given catalogue range. Thanks especially to O Mac, B-59, Niall McAuley and beachcomberaustralia for helping date and locate this French image...


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogued as 1865-1914, but likely early 20th C

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07117

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    O Mac

    • 09/Mar/2016 08:33:43

    Close to this spot 25" OSI

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    derangedlemur

    • 09/Mar/2016 08:49:16

    It's called "bathing strand" because it's a bit rubbish for sand castles, is it?

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    B-59

    • 09/Mar/2016 09:05:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] True, these buildings are visible in the background: goo.gl/maps/jFFuVveEbd22 (belonging to the 'Chemical Works' in the OSI map)

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    B-59

    • 09/Mar/2016 09:19:17

    And this, from the other side ('Militia Barrack'): goo.gl/maps/CquHA4BWUmP2

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    AndyBrii

    • 09/Mar/2016 09:46:30

    Where you had to wear shoes on the beach because of the sharp stones.

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    O Mac

    • 09/Mar/2016 09:57:27

    Wicklow Murrough station was opened on 1 Apr 1885.... so that has to be earliest date. Dictionary of Irish Architects. The 6" OSI shows a building marked "Baths" at this same spot but coastal erosion got the better of it.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Mar/2016 10:16:15

    Check the gable roof spike here in Streetview [edited - thanks Sharon!]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Mar/2016 10:18:48

    The lady in a light coloured blouse and the other with a straw boater suggest early 1900s to me.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 09/Mar/2016 10:50:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Your streetview link doesn't seem to be linking.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 09/Mar/2016 10:52:51

    Two dogs ... so far. From Wikipedia - " ... The North Groyne was completed by about 1909 – John Pansing was the designer and Louis Nott of Bristol the builder. ... ". I think it would show if the photo was after 1909. Also interesting bit about Toponymy (my new word for the day) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicklow [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] You had this nearby one at 1905-12. The photos might be contemporary except for the chimney smoke! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/20373917570]

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 09/Mar/2016 18:06:50

    Superb!!

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    Galway Pete

    • 09/Mar/2016 18:44:25

    Great seascape from times past. super image.

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    jamica1

    • 09/Mar/2016 18:53:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] "strand" ultimately from the same root as the modern German word for beach.

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    patrick.vickers1

    • 09/Mar/2016 20:38:03

    This has me completely puzzled .I was born in the last house in Upper Strand Street, next to a large building which now houses a garage There was a promenade built and there was no way you could walk on the beach, it was all rocks. Nothing could be grown in the garden because of the sea spray which brought a lot of salt. The building on the left looks like it could be the lifeboat house.

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    suebritkim

    • 10/Mar/2016 09:12:54

    Love the history! thanks for sharing

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    Martina Gallery

    • 10/Mar/2016 13:44:26

    I'm in love with your photos

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Mar/2016 14:12:01

    Look at that view counter go!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Mar/2016 16:20:36

    3,000 views per hour at the moment...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Mar/2016 18:38:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Niall it shows how popular Explore is among the wider Flickr community.

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    ziffer?

    • 10/Mar/2016 21:03:24

    Do they call all beaches in Ireland "strands"? I recall going to one when I was a child, near Tramore that I thought was called the strand.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Mar/2016 22:18:44

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album. This is the 150th addition to the album, it picked up all the views in less than 48 hours, compliments of Flickr Explore. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037

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    jamica1

    • 10/Mar/2016 23:29:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Well done the NLI!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Mar/2016 12:02:31

    The Bathing Strand, Wicklow Limerick The folk on the Bathing Strand Aren't bothered about lack of sand. If they only knew How many would view ... Now it's well over fifty grand !

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    patrick.vickers1

    • 13/Mar/2016 13:17:26

    There used to be a cannon, part of the sea defences, a little bit further up from where this photograph was taken. The naval authorities in Portsmouth reckoned it was unique and offered to purchase it so that it could be placed in the naval museum. The offer was declined and for some reason the cannon was moved to near the Black Castle. It was not until I recognized a Sugarloaf that I was convinced it was The Murrough.

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    john durrant

    • 14/Mar/2016 21:43:49

    Interesting that they call it the bathing strand but there are no bathers.

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    patrick.vickers1

    • 15/Mar/2016 07:56:59

    A matter of decorum ?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2016 08:36:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think there is one intrepid bather near that plank/diving board in the middle distance - see megazoom. Looks like a track of footprints between the plank and a corrugated-iron changing shed (?). And it might be too chilly to swim due to the brisk easterly wind - see the chimney smoke !

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    ziffer?

    • 16/Mar/2016 16:37:41

    Thank you for that picture. Now that is a true golf course!

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    coordinated window

    • 03/Sep/2018 13:35:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/patvic67 There is a new memorial Garden with two Cannons along here which is worth seeing.