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Caption for Belfast, Custom House 1897: This photograph shows the splendid elevation of a building which never got the formal square it deserved. It had an added fame in those years when the flight of steps provided an open-air dais for speakers on religion, politics and strike action. The cobblestones held listeners in their thousands, while the Royal Irish Constabulary watched for feelings becoming dangerous. The low door on the right marked the chief telegraph office of Belfast, and in 1870 it was open seven days a week from 6am to 3am by Greenwich Mean Time.

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Memories of Belfast

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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