Diamond Valley


Journey through Diamond Valley in 1824
An early published description of the address ‘Valley of Diamonds’ is contained in the charming 1824 book by Gregory Greendrake (not his real name!) of his fishing excursions in Ireland called 'Extracts from The Angling Excursions of Gregory Greendrake, Esq', first published in 1824.

“All the charms of nature seem congregated about Bray, which stands on a gentle ascent, having the sea on one side, and overlooking, on the other, a beautiful vale, comprising what is called the commons, and nearer to its extremity, the Valley of Diamonds. Through this vale a trout-stream flows with silvery meandering course, and, passing under the bridge of Bray, which is the boundary between the counties of Dublin and Wicklow, falls, a little further on, into the sea. From the bridge the view up and down the river is beautiful; and, in the season, is never without the living ornament of the angler, the stream abounding in fry of the salmon and white trout; these rise greedily at the fly, and will take two and three at a time. The common, or valley of Bray, is bounded on either side by gentle swells and precipitous scaurs and steeps, and ornamented with cottages and villas, exhibiting much variety of taste, and natural and artificial beauty. At its head is distinguished the wooded entrance of the Dargle, of which I shall presently speak more at large, and beyond it, numerous beautiful hills rise, as they recede, into magnitude and wildness. No view, probably, of the same extent, can, at times, afford happier combinations than this. "

Mr Greendrake was particularly impressed when he reached that part of the Valley of Diamonds where today's Diamond Valley apartments are located and gives a handsome description of the stream which today flows through our gardens at Diamond Valley:

“A little further on, in the valley of Diamonds, to the right, is a little glen, called Valembrosa, on one acclivity of which is a neat cottage; a stream, of the purest spring water, abundant in the driest season, burst forth, full and strong, from a neighbouring hill, and flowing through this little glen, crosses the road under a small bridge, and falls into the Bray river.”





The Sugarloaf Mountain by Richard Lovett 1888