'Turkish-style' building, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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Where: Wicklow, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1860

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In my lifetime I must have visited Bray over 100 times, I am sad to report that I have never seen this building or anything which resembles this building. Then again I did not think that there was a significant statue of Prince Albert still standing in Dublin....

And so we (we Marys at any rate) learned that this was the Turkish Baths in Bray County Wicklow. Per the various history links shared today, the building dates from 1859 - when there was a Victorian-era fashion for such baths. However the fad faded pretty quickly, and though this image captures the building in its original form and use, by 1867 the building was altered slightly for use as assembly rooms. It served as a cinema for a period, before becoming derelict. It was demolished in the 1980s....


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: c.1860-1883. Likely c.1859-1867 (before building repurposed as assembly rooms)

NLI Ref: STP_2915

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    B-59

    • 30/Jun/2016 07:00:01

    Bray’s Turkish Baths, opened in 1859. The building was demolished in 1980 www.historyireland.com/18th-19th-century-history/brays-tu... archiseek.com/2013/1859-turkish-baths-quinsborough-rd-bra...

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    B-59

    • 30/Jun/2016 07:28:44

    It must be this building (Assembly Rooms): maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,726515,718851,12,9

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    B-59

    • 30/Jun/2016 07:33:04

    Streetview 2014: goo.gl/maps/NMZbWNDagSr PS: or rather: goo.gl/maps/dg92zu64MnG2 (so no wonder you haven't seen it)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2016 07:57:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] From that Archiseek link: Closed by 1867, the building survived until 1980 when it was demolished. In the intervening years, it was used as assembly rooms, a cinema and eventually stood derelict for some years. It was open for less than 10 years!

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    B-59

    • 30/Jun/2016 08:10:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Apparently the baths were an epic failure. They were closed after 5 or 6 years already. From historyireland: " In the winter of 1862 bathers were offered free entry, and by 1864 Dargan was trying unsuccessfully to sell the baths for £4,000." (After the initial costs were £10,000!)

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    guliolopez

    • 30/Jun/2016 08:47:44

    There's bit of background here too. Apparently the Victorian fashion (influenced by David Urquhart) for these types of baths was relatively short-lived. And so many of the examples around the country seemingly met a similar fate....

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 30/Jun/2016 08:55:55

    Fascinating building and descriptions - just out of sight to the left of this one, by my not-very-scientific calculations... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/19357959549/] And William Lawrence was there too - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4809107624/]via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] EDIT: - which is the same as catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000338604

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2016 10:16:25

    I am changing this from Built Heritage to No Longer Standing!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2016 10:18:38

    I will leave the survey request photo at the front of the stream until Monday to give less regular visitors a chance to see it. We have a lovely photo from Cork for you tomorrow.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 30/Jun/2016 11:12:05

    Where do we leave comments re the survey, on that photos comments page?

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    O Mac

    • 30/Jun/2016 11:54:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl] Info and link to survey is here www.nli.ie/en/list/latest-news.aspx?article=f6ff3e6a-5f75...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2016 16:01:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl Did you get to leave your comments? https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 30/Jun/2016 16:27:34

    Yes, thanks! Hoping to see an exhibition relating to Transport in Ireland - must be at least a thousand such photos in your Collections!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2016 19:17:16

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl You are talking to the correct people via that survey - well done.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 30/Jun/2016 20:35:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thank you, Morning Mary!

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    Carol Maddock

    • 30/Jun/2016 20:36:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl Great idea!

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    O Mac

    • 30/Jun/2016 21:05:07

    I'd suspect the photograph dates from pre 1867 as the dome evident in the W.L that [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] linked above was probably built when the baths were converted to form assembly rooms (also serving as Quaker meeting house) which opened in Jul 1867.....as per the DIA

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 30/Jun/2016 21:35:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] That makes sense - as there is another stereo pair (of the "Assembly Rooms, Bray") where the pillars at the front, which Mr Tophat is leaning against, are much more weathered. And the dome is evident. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000565647

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Jun/2016 22:26:59

    Thanks again all for the contributions to the discussion today - and indeed for the contributions to the survey. Have tried to capture the location, date and other nuggets from the unerringly brilliant investigations :) Very much appreciated as always!

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    turgidson

    • 04/Jul/2016 21:29:52

    Here's what stands there today (this photo is from 2008) https://www.flickr.com/photos/turgidson/2446563131/in/photolist-4JcgYX The three units on the right are now a Tesco Express.