Glen Of The Downs
Photographer: Mares, Frederick H
Medium: Photographic print
"The Glen of the Downs, which is entered four miles from Bray, takes its name from the Downs Mountain, in consequence of its running for some distance along its base. The appelation, 'Glen of the Downs,' however, is generally limited to that part through which the Dublin road runs, and which, strictly speaking, partakes more of a ravine than a glen. It is a mile and a-half in length; the breadth, on the average, is 150 feet; the sides rising boldly to the height of 500 feet. They are principally covered with natural copse-wood, which, in several places, is finely covered with fine dark pines. An octagon view-room and a small banquetting house, prominently situated on the summit of the left bank, heighten the general effect. The brook which rises in the upper part of the Glen, where it separates the Downs Mountain from the Suggar (sic) Loaf, and murmurs over its rocky bed, now sleeps softly under the shrubs which here adorn the bottom of the Glen; and onwards it gladdens the valley. At the termination of the Glen, and romantically situated on the side of the Downs Mountain, are the church, ruins, and cottage of Downs; and clearing the Glen, the valley, terminated by Delgany and the sea, together with the beautiful ground on either side, burst unexpectedly on the view. The Glen far beneath, with the many-tinted sides of the rocky steeps by which it is overhung, rich in native woods and abundant plantations, and the neighbouring mountains - amongst which the white peaks of the two Sugar Loaf hills tower conspicuously - present a scene of luxurious softness, combined with grandeur and magnificence."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Co. Wicklow' by F H Mares