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This beautiful Royal plate from the Lawrence collection was taken by Robert French in "Happy Valley" near Newcastle, County Down. The scene is idyllic (if rather rugged for true happiness) but then the road to happiness is sometimes long and tortured....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06370

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/May/2018 08:57:27

    Colourizeified - www.postcardsireland.com/postcard/happy-valley-and-castle... Can anyone read the postmark date? Please post a streetview - I'm hopelessly lost!

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    B-59

    • 11/May/2018 08:58:16

    Slieve Binnian in the background.

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    B-59

    • 11/May/2018 09:05:05

    The photo was taken likely from here

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    B-59

    • 11/May/2018 09:07:59

    The nearest views I could find: Photo by Andrew Hanna Streetview (unfortunately with clouds)

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    B-59

    • 11/May/2018 09:19:04

    Better (street-)view

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/May/2018 10:47:37

    Is that part of the Mourne Wall, commenced 1904 (see note)? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourne_Wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Valley_Reservoir

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    guliolopez

    • 11/May/2018 10:48:08

    Anyone interested in vintage photography processes (even if only in a passing sense) might find this tin-type demo interesting and easily digestible: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=100&v=T_gQgkCfj7w

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/May/2018 11:52:03

    More history of the waterworks, including this caption on another Lawrence photo - "The Silent Valley, then known as "Happy Valley", before the Dam building began." See - www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/down/A1068... And the other Lawrence photo - see the Mourne Wall on the right hand side catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333152

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    B-59

    • 11/May/2018 12:21:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I'm pretty sure that this is indeed the Mourne Wall on the Moolieve. I think it's the same wall behind the house, though the course is slightly different on the map in www.mourne-mountains.com/mournes/information/the-mourne-w....

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/May/2018 13:51:32

    So is that Colligan Bridge?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/May/2018 13:58:26

    Some big-bore water pipes noted.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/May/2018 14:02:06

    Wikipedia says the Silent valley Reservoir was only built from 1923, so those pipes are too earlier for that.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 11/May/2018 21:44:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] It is Colligan Bridge - compare it to this image, which shows a different house (and very little forestry): www.nmni.com/collections/history/photographs/green-collec...

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 11/May/2018 22:03:12

    The house in the NMNI image (from the Green Collection) is the Water Superintendent's House (associated with the Silent Valley Reservoir) - it is still there: www.google.ie/maps/@54.1167342,-5.9976369,3a,75y,328.29h,... It is dated in the NISMR to 1900 - 1919 and the NMNI image clearly post-dates the construction of this house, while the Lawrence Collection image predates it. However, the activity captured by French in the Lawrence Collection image (workmen building a wall at centre, large pipes stockpiled nearby, small wooden shed under construction (?) at right, larger wooden house in the foreground under construction [roof is partly covered with a single strip of roofing felt or similar material]) would suggest that French visited the area as some significant engineering works were about to start - this may have included the Water Superintendent's House and a pipeline. Perhaps these works were undertaken before WWI interrupted the project and then the reservoir itself was built from 1923 onwards? www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/down/A1068...

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    domenico milella

    • 12/May/2018 07:57:00

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album - Nice Week End.