Town or village with church tower visible in the distance... is Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

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Where: Louisville, Knocksink, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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A rare visit to the Clonbrock collection with a beautiful sylvan scene of a town or village and in the background a spire and a pointy (Technical term) mountain. The fencing along the paddock makes me wonder if this is in Ireland...

And (despite our thoughts on the somewhat "un-Irish" looking fencing), it was established fairly quickly by derangedlemur, sharon.corbet and B-59 that this Ireland. And the hills of County Wicklow specifically. The clock tower in the square of Enniskerry village has been highlighted by Dún Laoghaire Micheál, and the church spire of St Patrick's church also stands out. As the village has not changed much, and largely owes it's layout to developments in the first-half of the 19th century, we haven't been able to refine the date range significantly. (At least, not yet......)


Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: 1860-1930

NLI Ref: CLON1886

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:39:39

    And pointy hill...Looks like somewhere in Wicklow.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:41:31

    I'd also guess somewhere around Kilmacanogue-ish area.

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:48:24

    Though there's also pointy mountains in Mayo, of course.

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    B-59

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:51:58

    Enniskerry ?

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    B-59

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:53:48

    This looks like the clock tower: www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&... (Streetview)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:54:32

    I'm thinking Enniskerry too.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:56:47

    The view of the Sugarloaf is similar here: www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/Ireland%20Photos/Co%20Wicklo...

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Dec/2016 08:58:57

    It must be looking south from somewhere round monastery road to get St Patricks in the background.

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:04:31

    The bridge matches up, anyway: www.google.ie/maps/@53.1937425,-6.1700638,3a,75y,244.54h,...

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    derangedlemur

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:09:24

    Must be taken from somewhere round here, I guess: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,722143,717661,11,9

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    B-59

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:12:16

    Similar photos in enniskerryhistory.org/home/index.php/archives/2001

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:17:35

    Similar angle from Mr French/Lawrence (see steeple and hills) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326064 ... and again (best) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326086 ... and Mr O'Dea (1963) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306488 ... and Mr Mason (oops!) - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000539693

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:19:28

    St. Patricks is no help - dated 1859ish.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:33:12

    Whole village annoyingly old and quaint - everything in shot is older than 1860.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Dec/2016 09:49:31

    Certainly earlier than the Lawrence best linked above. Fascinating to compare them at full megazoom.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Dec/2016 10:08:15

    From [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s link above this "August '13" shot provides a firm date - enniskerryhistory.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/582... Comparing the line of trees to the right of the bridge with the Lawrence 'best' photo - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326086 - I would say the Lawrence photo is c. 1910, and this photo is about c. 1900 due to the thicker younger sapling trees. Or not ?

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    A. P. L.

    • 07/Dec/2016 11:02:53

    Definitely Enniskerry!

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    philfluther

    • 07/Dec/2016 15:16:31

    Try Enniskerry.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Dec/2016 15:49:19

    Excellent - Thanks all. Enniskerry, Co Wicklow seems pretty much concrete, so have updated the title to match (and added the "location identified" tag). As [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] points out, even today the village hasn't changed that much, so refining the (very broad) data range might be difficult. But stranger things have happened in this stream :)

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    O Mac

    • 07/Dec/2016 21:38:01

    It may well have been taken at the same time as this 1903 series of Clonbrook photographs taken at Powerscourt...... This one also of the Sugar Loaf, has those same blemishes in the sky..... It is interesting that these marks are mostly in the sky portion in both photographs. Was this an attempt to scratch in stars or are they actual stars enhanced with a scratch?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Dec/2016 23:48:05

    Now there's something I didn't know - why mountains and hills are named 'Sugar Loaf' ... ... "A sugarloaf was the usual form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century, when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top was the end-product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which was imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar." From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarloaf