Quinsboro Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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Today we have "Tea on Tuesday" shot from the efforts of the remarkable Mr. French. The "Canton Tea Rooms" must have seemed very exotic in the early years of the last century as visitors to Bray sought some refreshments.

With thanks to all for today's contributions, we have confirmation of the precise location (Quinsboro Rd, Bray), time of day (approaching 4pm), a refined date range (perhaps 1905 +/- a few years), and additional information on the shops and shopkeepers pictured. As turgidson points out, and as the modern aerial and Streetviews attest, it is interesting to note that the gardens of Westbourne Terrace on the left are now all home to single-storey retail frontages, with the older buildings remaining to the rear....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range 1865-1914. Likely 1900s.

NLI Ref: L_CAB_00437

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    Swordscookie

    • 12/Apr/2016 07:40:41

    A fairly long exposure with lots of 'ghosts' about. It must have been windy too as the last word on the flag "Rest for Tyred ?' is indistinct! I must have a look at streetview!

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    B-59

    • 12/Apr/2016 07:47:40

    Streetview 2014: goo.gl/maps/Vbe8ziJRzZN2

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    sharon.corbet

    • 12/Apr/2016 08:39:11

    I found a list from Porter's (I think) directory from 1910: QUINSBOROUGH ROAD Frank Bethel Internation Hotel-Bethel Hotels Lts -Managing Director QUINSBOROUGH ROAD ( Contd) 1 Leverett & Fry Grocers and spirit merchants 2 D H Doyel Victualler and at Tilley;s Town Shankill 3 John Ryan Grocers and spirit merchants and Canton Tea House 4 Mrs Julia Lyons General Draper 5 Mrs Howard Baker Confectioner and restaurant. 6 J J Bradley Manager Lipton, Ltd. Grocer & Provision merchants 7 Philip Reilly Wine and spirit merchant 8 The Misses Turner General drapes and Milliners 9 Harry Taylor Family butcher 10 Miss J Byrne Bookseller and stationer 11 Boland Lts. Baker and Confectioners 12 J E McCormick Coal and Lime Merchants Rev H P Glenn Presbyterian Church and Manse QUINSBOROUGH ROAD ( Contd from Main Street.) 1 Arthur Odell Royal Hotel and Skating Rink Some of the names match, but a few are different. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] There is a reverse view in the catalogue, but the flag is still unreadable.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Apr/2016 08:50:21

    Rest for Tyred Folk I think - a pun for a motoring or cycling stop? There is a Motor Garage sign opposite...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Apr/2016 08:55:27

    I think that streetlight outside Byrnes is electric.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Apr/2016 08:56:23

    3:53 per the Bank clock

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Apr/2016 09:14:25

    I'm guessing this is a similar time-frame to this one in the archive, which shows the 1904 Post Office on left.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Apr/2016 09:17:46

    This one and this in the archive are a slightly different time period - see swan-necked streetlights. This one is similar timeframe to today's.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 12/Apr/2016 09:45:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Beg to differ with the time - 15:53. Unless Mr French had a very efficient flash light !

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    O Mac

    • 12/Apr/2016 10:16:17

    That's 'Westbourne Terrace' on the left.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 12/Apr/2016 10:30:03

    The far end of the road was featured before in a STP shot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/19357959549/in/photolist-vuAAXg

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 12/Apr/2016 13:06:35

    PJ Byrne, insurance, furniture van proprietors, valuers, coal sales and undertakers? For all your household items and we'll take away Gran when she gets stinky...

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    jamica1

    • 12/Apr/2016 16:42:41

    Motor Garage as distinct from what other type of garage?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 12/Apr/2016 18:49:07

    I must admit, while I haven't been to Canton itself (Guangzhou), based on Tea Houses I've seen in other Chinese cities, I'm a bit sceptical that an authentic Canton Tea House would be advertising Bass :-)

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    turgidson

    • 12/Apr/2016 19:21:26

    Interesting to see the front gardens on the left. These are now occupied by various single story shop units with the existing terrace of houses just about visible behind them.

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    O Mac

    • 12/Apr/2016 20:50:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] All the shop names above and also those to be seen in the reverse shot are in that Porters 1910 Directory you found and the 1911census except Number 4 Casey and Ryan. It might be a coincidence but there's a Julia Casey in 1901 who married a Henry Lyons (No 4 in Porters list and 1911 Census) and who had a 1 year old in 1911. (Married 1910?) A William Dwyer had taken over Ryans by 1911---- It being one time the census house numbers match actual house/shop numbers The picture was definitely taken after 1905. 1905- <1910? Here's another also taken earlier same day. www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003636240/

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    silverio10

    • 12/Apr/2016 21:23:09

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Apr/2016 23:48:56

    Excellent stuff. Thanks all. Including to https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for the insight on the likely date range. Have updated the date/map/etc to match. Just time for an evening cup of tea (Kenyan blend however, rather than Canton....)

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    guliolopez

    • 13/Apr/2016 00:21:06

    Flicking between even the 2009 and 2014 Streetviews is interesting. And depressing. The antiques shop (the Bank with the clock in the French image) finished the closing down sale - and is now a dreary betting outlet. Dicey Riley's/Clancy's Bar (middle of Westbourne Terrace in the French image) became vacant. The nice looking icecream parlour (PJ Byrne's in the French image) became a feckin e-cig shop. Even the KFC (previously the Motor Garage) became vacant in the 5 years 2009 to 2014. I guess it's how many town-centre shopping streets are heading.... Thankfully the frontage for H. Taylors (on the right of the street in the French image - by the ghostly ladies and the propped bicycle) seems to still have its original signage - so at least something of the character is retained.

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    braywaves

    • 09/Oct/2016 18:07:23

    Interesting thing happened at end of June 2016 when the Irish Cancer Society stripped down their shopfront to reveal the original (I presume) old Byrne Shop header behind it which must be a listed front. I took this awful shot on 29th June 2016 and maybe three days later the new frontage for the Irish Cancer Society was complete but the old one is still behind it. See it here drive.google.com/open?id=0B-R0dGSKjs_ZYXhpcVQ3Tk5meEE KFC became vacant in 2013.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Oct/2016 21:22:56

    Excellent - thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]! Hopefully it remains protected behind any more modern frontage - waiting for another shop archaeology/time-capsule moment in a few years time....

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    an poc

    • 09/Mar/2020 11:41:25

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] The extended Taylor and Evans family had several butcher's shops in Dublin around this time, in Ranelagh, Upper Baggot Street, Denzille Street (now Fenian Street) and Malahide. The Malahide shop was run by Harry's brother George Taylor and can be seen in this photo from about 1900: www.malahideheritage.com/shops-page-1

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Mar/2021 17:44:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Julia Casey married Henry Lyons 15th June 1908, her address Castle Street, Bray occupation Draperess.

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    O Mac

    • 23/Mar/2021 20:22:10

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Well spotted.

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    an poc

    • 22/Jul/2021 20:49:14

    Wicklow News-Letter, 26 Sept 1903, reporting on a meeting of Bray Urban Council on 21 Sept: "Messrs Taylor & Evans wrote drawing attention to dangerous condition of pathway opposite their premises on Quinnsboro' Road. The surveyor reported that the path was worn badly and required to be relaid. The General Purposes Committee recommend that the path be relaid." https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Jul/2021 21:43:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I wish the local councils were as diligent today!