Photographer: Mares, Frederick H
Medium: Photographic print
"Bray has well been styled 'The Brighton of Dublin, and the sunniest and gayest of watering-places.' It is only within the last few years that Bray has emerged from the primitive quiet of the fishing village into the full-blown gaiety which it now exhibits - a change partly owing to the exquisite scenery of which it is the portal, and partly to the earnest spirit with which the late Mr. Dargan devoted himself to improving and beautifying a locality which his far-seeing eye told him was so admirably adapted for it. The situation of the town is very charming, occupying a broadish basin, and surrounded on all sides by hills, save on that which is bounded by the sea. On the north are Killiney and Two Rocks; on the west are the mountains at the back of Enniskerry; more to the south are the Sugar Loaves, with the lofty range of Douce, which, as seen from Bray Head, rises directly from the town. From all these hills wooded shoulders are thrown out, softening their stern features, and insensibly merging into the well-kept grounds and parks of the many residences in the neighbourhood."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Co. Wicklow' by F H Mares