A brief history of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Historical information about Waterloo Lodge and Dublin's Ballsbridge Area.
Ballsbridge Village Dublin - The area is named after Balls Bridge, a three-arched cut stone bridge built over the River Dodder in 1791. Development began some fifty years later, when the Earl of Pembroke leased out his vast estates in the area and large red brick houses were built for upper class families. City politics at the time gave Ballsbridge its exclusive air: Planning regulations at the time decreed that houses for the working class were restricted to Irishtown and Ringsend to the North East of Ballsbridge.Ballsbridge is now arguably Dublin's most exclusive address. Streets such as Shrewsbury Road, Ailesbury Road, Merrion Road and Waterloo Road boast the highest real estate prices in Ireland with asking prices of up to €10 million for a single property.
The area has traditionally been the home of the majority of foreign embassies and diplomatic representations in Dublin. It is not hard to see why the rich and powerful come to Ballsbridge: Originally developed in Victorian times, the streets are wide and tree lined and houses are substantial and set back in vast private grounds. Of all Dublin areas, Ballsbridge has the least built-up and most 'private' feel. Yet, despite the space and relative tranquility, Ballsbridge is only minutes away from the city centre.
Census of Ireland, 1911 - Residents of 23 Waterloo Road, Ballsbridge- The Wilson Family. Click on image below for more details.