Caption for Belfast, Alexandra Park 1897:
This park was the third in Belfast. It opened in 1885, with ten more acres being added later. There was no park in the north end of the town, but the opportunity was there in the shape of some unwanted land. The banks of a short stretch of Milewater had once provided clay for bricks, tiles and a pottery. There was a pond, which caused legal difficulties: the nearby linen mills had rights to the supply of water, and the delays made some councillors impatient for the work that would be provided for the unemployed. 1885 was the year of the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the park took the name of the Princess. The row of houses stretching up to the Antrim Road has the name Jubilee Terrace, celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.
Does anyone remember or know someone that might remember the McKinnell family who lived on Bourton Street in the mid 1950's. The property they lived at may have been a Blacksmith's I think. I am producing an extended family tree and would like to put a little history to the families I research. (...Read full memory)
i lived at the top of sandy row in the 1950s and used to go up to the institute to roller skate from there as the building was on a slight incline. This was a beautiful old building I can't remember when it was demolished and replaced by the queens one but today it probably would be a listed building. A pity so many of these have (...Read full memory)
My cousin and I lived at the top of the Oldpark Road, near Ballysillan, in the mid-1950's and every Saturday morning during our tenth and eleventh years, we would catch the bus into town, walk around the City Hall and down to swim at the Ormeau Baths. After we had our permitted 30 minutes, we would walk back to a cafe (...Read full memory)
I was lucky in that I lived in an area that was not often touched by the violence that was going on in Northern Ireland at the time, but a telephone conversation with my mum in recent days brought back memories of life in Belfast when 'the troubles' were in full swing. She had just heard the news of the recent (...Read full memory)
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