• A History of Bray

Nestling in the shadow of Bray Head, the town of Bray in County Wicklow has a long and fascinating history dating back to the Viking Age. Many visitors came to the popular seaside resort of Bray in the second half of the nineteenth century to immerse themselves in the sea, in the hope of curing a variety of ailments which experts claimed such an exercise would overcome. The coming of the railway in 1854, combined with the Victorian belief in the beneficial effects of sea-water, transformed the town into a fashionable resort and marked the beginning of a new prosperous era for Bray.


This comprehensive volume recalls shops, businesses, churches and schools and records some of the events that have occurred in the town: from smuggling in the eighteenth century and the transformation of Bray into a garrison town during the war years, to the opening of Ardmore Studios and the building of industrial estates during the 1950s and '60s. It also describes the life of the people who have lived, worked and visited the area over the centuries.


Arthur Flynn, a native of Bray, is a well-known writer and historian who has published a number of books on local Irish history over the years.

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A History of Bray

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