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Caption for Belfast, The Albert Memorial And Clock Tower 1897: Queen Victoria was 42 when her consort, Prince Albert, died. She grieved her loss for the rest of her long life, and the Kingdom mourned with her. She symbolised a nation that was the great maritime empire-builder and the workshop of the world. For Belfast, the monument had to be fitting and the subscription generous. Work began in 1865, and it took four years to complete. The statue of the Prince is 40 ft above the ground, and the near two-tonne bell could be heard eight miles away on quiet days. The clockwork is to the same design as that of Big Ben. The clock's central position at the foot of High Street meant diverting the underground River Farset. The foundations did not quite meet the problem: although the photograph does not show it, a tilt had already developed.

An extract from Belfast Photographic Memories.

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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