Survey Data

Reg No

16301229


Date

1860 - 1865


Townland

BRAY


County

County Wicklow


Coordinates

326636, 218772


Description

Terraced three-bay three-storey former house, built in 1863 as one of an (originally) uniform row of twelve, now is use as a cafe. The façade is finished in unpainted plain render and polished stone cladding with moulded window surrounds, and a parapet with eaves cornice. The roof is hidden behind the parapet and has shared rendered chimneystacks. The ground floor level is largely taken up with a full-width overtly Modernist 'shopfront' of c.2000, faced in polished stone with a large timber and glazed door screen and smaller separate door to the east. The windows are flat-headed and have two over two timber sash frames. The surrounds to the first floor windows incorporate cornice-like hoods on decorative brackets. Cast-iron rainwater goods. The building has a street frontage, the original front garden having been paved over.

Appraisal

Quinsborough Road is undoubtedly the most architecturally impressive of Bray's main thoroughfares, largely due to its three grand late 1850s / early 1860s terraces. Of the three this is the most altered, all bar two of the properties having been given over to commercial use, with many unsympathetic shopfronts inserted and front gardens lost; however the Regency style grandeur of the row is still evident and the terrace continues to make an important contribution to the streetscape.