"Distant view of pier with lighthouse and houses taken from the sea" is Bray

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Continuing where we left off on Friday (matters maritime) but this time from the wonderful Clonbrock Collection. This view may not be as iconic as the Skelligs, but nonetheless it provides a pleasing vista with sea, sky, mountains and a safe harbour.

Following the tremendous achievement of the Irish Rugby team on Saturday in beating World Champions New Zealand Ireland can bask in the teams reflected glory for a wee while!

And indeed it was from the antipodes that good news came again on this photo. With BeachcomberAustralia quickly identifying this as Bray harbour. The date range was refined also, with sharon.corbet pointing us to this Bray Cualann Historical Society webpage which tells us that the lighthouse pictured stood between the late 1890s and 1950s. More than halving the very broad range for this particular image....

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1930. After c.1897 (lighthouse built)

NLI Ref: CLON2072

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    • 19/Nov/2018 08:41:33

    A wild upside-down guess - Bray ?

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    • 19/Nov/2018 08:57:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Looks like Bray alright, although I think the lighthouse is long gone.

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    • 19/Nov/2018 08:58:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I think you might be right. Streetview from north pier. Then it's after 1897 when the lighthouse was built and before 1957 when it "fell into the sea during a storm."

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    • 19/Nov/2018 09:22:26

    I cheated! There's a companion 'similar item' identified as Bray and 1905. Mentions the Marine Station Hotel - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000524191

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    • 19/Nov/2018 09:27:27

    Fascinating beachcombing to the right of frame - "... The submerged forest of Bray was first noted by Robert Lloyd Praeger in the closing years of the 19th century. The construction of Bray Harbour between 1891 and 1895 changed the patterns of sediment transport in the south of Kiliney Bay causing a drop in beach level. As the beach level dropped, the ancient forest of Bray emerged from the sands to the north of Bray Harbour. Praeger noted a forest of collapsed “Scotch pine trees” amid a layer of peat. ..." From - jasonbolton.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/the-submerged-forest...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Nov/2018 10:02:43

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Robert Lloyd Praeger of this Parish!! From Wikipedia He worked in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin from 1893 to 1923. He co-founded and edited the Irish Naturalist, and wrote papers on the flora and other aspect of the natural history of Ireland. He organised the Lambay Survey in 1905/06 and, from 1909 to 1915, the wider Clare Island Survey. He was an engineer by qualification, a librarian by profession and a naturalist by inclination.

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    • 19/Nov/2018 10:17:10

    The https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland is always amazing!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Nov/2018 10:18:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Agreed.

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    • 19/Nov/2018 10:27:57

    The combination of Bray and the fact that it was taken from a boat makes me think this is another Meldon photo.

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    Tom Kennedy1

    • 19/Nov/2018 11:02:40

    The lighthouse collapsed into the sea during a severe storm in or about 1956.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Nov/2018 11:23:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Perhaps from a WaterWag?

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    D J McLaughlin

    • 19/Nov/2018 13:48:07

    I really enjoyed reading Praeger's book "The Way That I Went", I learned a lot about Ireland.

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    • 20/Nov/2018 00:40:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland That was my theory! But if I remember correctly from previous investigations of the Meldons, Louis Meldon (Sr.) also had a motor launch around this time.

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    stale hair

    • 21/Nov/2018 13:30:55

    Fantastic to see that Bray once had a Lighthouse.