Belfast, The Ulster Institute For The Deaf, Dumb And Blind 1897

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Caption for Belfast, The Ulster Institute For The Deaf, Dumb And Blind 1897: This handsome edifice catered for those needing help from all over the province. When it was new in 1845, it was described as being on the new Lisburn Road about a furlong from the turnpike. Its 225ft frontage, along with two wings extending to the rear, shows what could, and had to be done, by charity. At the time there was a substantial income; but the estimated cost was seven times greater, and a further appeal had to be made. The satisfaction of the subscribers was ensured by employing the leading Belfast architect, and clearly he was not restricted in his art. The foundation stone was laid by Lord Donegall, using a silver trowel.

An extract from Belfast Photographic Memories.

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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)

I went to help with the cubs and scouts while at the teacher training college with Alfie Johnston and Freda Musson (later Freda Johnston). Frank Denmark was the headteacher. He had served in the war and lost a leg. Though he had a false one fitted, it was not very comfortable and often he could be seen moving about on (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Belfast, The Ulster Institute For The Deaf, Dumb And Blind 1897: This handsome edifice catered for those needing help from all over the province. When it was new in 1845, it was described as being on the new Lisburn Road about a furlong from the turnpike. Its 225ft frontage, along with two wings extending to the rear, shows what could, and had to be done, by charity. At the time there was a substantial income; but the estimated cost was seven times greater, and a further appeal had to be made. The satisfaction of the subscribers was ensured by employing the leading Belfast architect, and clearly he was not restricted in his art. The foundation stone was laid by Lord Donegall, using a silver trowel.

An extract from Belfast Photographic Memories.

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