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shamrock249

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1895 Royal Visit to Belfast
« on: March 01, 2019, 07:28:29 PM »
I recently came across a photo of an arch built in 1895 at the end of Donegal Place right in front of the present day City Hall.  Back then the City Hall was not yet built and it's predecessor was 'The Linen Hall'.   The arch was built to 'Welcome to our Royal Guests'   The date on the photo was 1895.  Can anyone advise who were the Royal Guests at the time?  Sorry, I can't post the photo.
Signed   Mrs Cullen's wee son Jimmy.

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Re: 1895 Royal Visit to Belfast
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 09:42:08 PM »
The Belfast (Art and Industrial) Exhibition was opened by the Marchioness of Londonderry in the Linen Hall in 1895, here are a few snippets from a newspaper account of 12 April 1895 about the opening:

"Royal weather favoured the inauguration of the exhibition ... From an early hour the streets of the city presented a very animated appearance and the public buildings and principal establishments arrayed in holiday attire and with flags gaily floating in the breeze at once indicated to the visitor that the city was to be the scene of a function of more than ordinary interest to the community ... The throng was especially great in Donegall Place ... Dressed in their attractive uniform of scarlet and white, those representatives of the ancient corps of Beefeaters added colour and novelty to the scene ... A more representative company is rarely seen at a public function in Belfast ... The nobility of the country was represented by several of its prominent members, Parliament by some of its notable figures ... Amongst the numerous company we observed - The Countess of Annesley, the Earl of Mayo, Lord and Lady O'Neill, Viscount and Viscountess Bangor ... a procession was formed ... first came a body of policemen ... Then the Lord Mayor, with Lady Londonderry on his arm; the Marquis of Londonderry, and others of the distinguished party."

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Re: 1895 Royal Visit to Belfast
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 02:51:52 AM »
Many thanks for the info guys. Much appreciated.
Signed   Mrs Cullen's wee son Jimmy.

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Re: 1895 Royal Visit to Belfast
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2019, 03:11:47 PM »
I happened upon a number of photos of the Belfast Linen Hall in the NLI collection which have ASTONISHING detail / resolution - you can make out the individual bricks...

Eg. in the following one, looking north from within the Linen Hall towards today's Donegall Place (which is out of sight) you can see the roof of what became the 'Water Office' building in the background (more latterly part of the Marks & Spencer store - all the shown roof chimneys and dormer windows weren't replaced after a wartime air raid), there's no sign of the Robinson & Cleaver building next door, so I'm assuming the photo was taken somewhere between 1869 and 1884:

http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000339024

(go full screen and zoom to blow your mind - and to see the two men in top hats having a private discussion)