Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Now a McDonalds outlet, the former Town Hall, originally a covered market house, was commissioned by the 11th Earl of Meath to look down the main street of Bray. Designed by Thomas Manly Deane and his assistant Guy Dawber (who later returned to England and ran a successful country house practice), the Town Hall is reminiscent of medieval market houses in England or Germany. The building was built in 1882-3.

The market house was closed  in the mid 1940s, but the Town Hall's other major role continues.  The upper floor, reached by a stone staircase at the east side and with an open timber roof and oak chimney-pieces with carved panels, was always intended to serve as Bray's council chamber, originally for meetings of the town commissioners and today for Bray Town Council - it is also regularly used for local functions.

In 1991, after major refurbishment, the ground floor was converted into a high-ceilinged restaurant, and in 1997 this was controversially taken over by McDonald's.

Today is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and this month's subject is Time.  To see how Time is interpreted around the world, you can click here to view thumbnails for all participants

1 comment:

Lucka said...

Beautiful architecture and I like the fountain. But the McDonalds in those great building...

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