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Title: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: catweazle on February 08, 2011, 10:16:20 PM
If anyone has any old photos of the Forthriver/Glencairn area from before the housing estate was built, I would be most grateful, if you posted them on the site. Even, any photos from the late 1960's- early 1970's, when the estate was first being built, would be appreciated.
 
I am most especially looking for snapshots of the old Robbins Well at the top of Glencairn Road, before it was covered over, even recollections of this area from anyone would be great. Many thanks.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on February 09, 2011, 01:19:37 AM
Catweazel- remember the Inkwell the wee cottage way up the Glencairn? you could buy ice lollipops in it? I remember Robbins Well.  Used to walk up the Glencairn on a Sunday and then across to Ligoniel. We used to pick primroses, bluebells, pussy willow and watercress and my daddy used to go up early and gather mushrooms!!!!  Oh I forget, blackberrys also and what we called wild woodbine the proper name of which is honeysuckle..  Of course the flowers all bloomed at different times.  Remember you could look up at the mountain and it looked blue and we used to call it blubell hill?   Lovely memories.  Sorry no photos.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: catweazle on February 09, 2011, 11:32:50 PM
Hi Patricia,
 
Thanks for the reply. My late father used to tell me stories of the Inkwell Cottage, and how you could buy bottles of lemonade there. The ruin of the Inkwell was still there until the mid 70's. Just down the road from it, smack on the bend, stood a large mansion, with steep steps leading up to it. Again, it stood until the mid 70's. Correct me if I am wrong, but was it known as Frazers House?
 
My first memories of Robbins Well, are from about 1972, when my dad took me for a walk up there. He had told me it had just been recently covered over in concrete, so I am guessing it must have been concreted in at the start of The Troubles, circa 1969 or 1970. There was a hole at the bottom of the concrete casement, and water flowed from it. I remember being excited at the prospect of kneeling down, and cupping my little hands together for a cool drink. There was also, another cottage behind the well, until it finally fell into disrepair/vandalised, as the 70's progressed.
 
As time went on, the outflow of water decreased and by the early 1980's it was just a tiny trickle. That was the last time I had been there until ten years ago, when on a whim, I asked my wife if she fancied a walk up there, as she had never been to that part of Belfast before. I told her beforehand, that it was nothing like the Devon Moors, but it was enjoyable, when I was a kid.
 
Along the wayside of the old Glencairn Road, was  littered with old washing machines, and by the time we reached Robbin's Well, it was completely silted over  - so no cool drink. We eventually took a detour towards Ligoneil direction, to the river at "Green Gate", but that is another story. I have no idea as to why the well was covered up in concrete, and anyone I have asked down the years, doesn't know either. A real shame, as it was a step backwards covering this up. If the relevent government bodies, took the step of cleaning this place up, had something like the Inkwell Cottage along the way to serve refreshments, opened up Robbin's Well as it was years ago, you might get not just more Belfast people going up there, but potential tourists.
 
I am actually surprised, no-one has thought of building a little dwelling/cottage on the site of the old one, behind the well, as I said, if cleaned up, this area could become nice again.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on February 10, 2011, 12:48:44 AM
Hi Catweazle. Welcome to the Forum.  Very interesting the information you provided.  Sorry but I do not remember the name of the people in the house you refer to.  Will be intersting to see if anyone else posts on this thread.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Rosser on February 10, 2011, 09:28:47 AM
(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll235/rosser_08/ballygomartin_terminus_afb.jpg)
 
 
Hi Catweazle, This is the bottom of what is now the Forthriver Rd, I can remember that little house well, there was another house about 100 yds behind it which was not visible from the road which my cousins mother in law lived in, it too was knocked down in the name of progress :angry2:  she ended up in a flat at the bottom of the Forthriver Rd, nothing was built on the site of her home which was chocolate box lovely :scratch_ones_head:
 
Rosser
 
 
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: catweazle on February 10, 2011, 10:39:56 PM
Hi Rosser,
 
Thanks for this class photo, just the type of photos I am looking for. I would guess, with the trams, this was taken in the late 1950's. The area looks so well and very clean, a lot better than it looks now.
 
I remember the house on the left well, but by the early 70's it had been abandoned, and completely demolished by about 1977. I also remember the little house, which you are referring to, which was to the left of one in photo, but not visible from the road.
 
As I said, I haven't been up the old Glencairn Road for over ten years, but I was up near where that photo was taken, two years ago. At the bottom of Forthriver Road, new houses have been built, and they look very impresssive. This new build is referred to as Altnagarron Heights.
 
Keep up the photos and memories as they are much appreciated. again, many thanks.
 
 
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on February 11, 2011, 12:21:27 AM
Hi Rosser, I remember the wee house too. 
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Rosser on February 11, 2011, 11:54:44 AM
Hi Patricia Margaret and Catweazle, I have vivid memories of the glen and can remember most of the houses between the Ballygomartin Rd and Robins Well, when I mention them you will remember them too, there were not so many so it`s easy.
 
The first large mansion on the right I believe was owned by the Crawford family, Mary Crawford was the headmistress of Glencairn girls school.across the fields on the same side aws the big white house owned by the Cunninghams which later became a museum. Next was the Fraser house on the left at the bad bend,on the wall at the entrance we used to mark an X in remembrance of a motorcyclist who crashed into it and was killed, at the edge of the garden there were steps which led down to the river, these were covered with bushes which had been cut into tunnels,a great place for an adventure when I was wee, behind Frasers house was a small cottage where their housekeeper lived, I remember my mates mum took us to visit the housekeeper who was her friend,she had baked homemade scones and bread and jam from the fruit in the garden,never tasted better, beside the cottage there were 7 huge chestnut trees known as the 7 sisters, later after the houses were knocked down we would gather cheesers this was early 70`s, I`m sure the trees are still there unless they have been cut down for the bonefire.
Further up the Rd on the right was another picture postcard cottage called Four Winds, this was the gardeners house of the Cunningham estate and was later taken over by the parks dept, the guy who cut the grass in Woodvale and Glencairn parks lived there, you might remember him he was very tall with an overly long neck and handlebar moustache,he later moved into the park rangers house at the bottom of Woodvale Ave after Four Winds was also knocked down.
 
Then there was the Inkwell on the left, I can remember an elderly man living there, on up where the road bends left and at the start of the steep part there was a two storey cottage which ahd a natural spring at the side of the house,the owner would leave a tin cup on a rock so walkers could have a drink, the water was freezing even on the warmest day. and lastly Robins Well to pick watercress, there was a marker on the side of the Rd opposite the Rd to greengate which was the city limit marker for Belfast.
 
Rosser
 
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: wavey davey on February 11, 2011, 03:16:42 PM
Hi all
I've some happy memories of this area.It truly was an adventure playground as I grew up in north Belfast.My first introduction was when my dad took me and my brother out for Sunday walks. Dad would explain that when the air raid sirens went during the second world war that many families from the Shankill would come up the Glencairn Road for safety, although he was able to show me a bomb crater part way up the road which had since filled up with water. We walked up this road all the way over to Ligoniel.Later I remember going with a friend to visit his relative who lived in the house at the entrance to Glencairn Road, the house backed unto the Forth River. We used to walk from there up to a large house and grounds which was by this time empty except for the caretaker who lived in one of the rooms. We had great fun exploring the house and grounds. I also remember on the way up to the house  a building which contained a number of Green Goddesses, this always appeared locked up although we were able to peer through the windows. We did however get in one day when the warden was up to do a routine check of the premises.
I have in front of me a 1901 map of the area. Along the road are what look like four large residences, Glenview,(this appeared to have access from the Ballygomartin road. Glencairn(the large house we explored). Glendivis, and finally Fernhill.  On the map the road appears to be called Monks Hill Road. There also appear to be two lodges to the entrance of Glencairn House with a well nearby. The only other abiding memory is when the Forth river used to run with vivid colours, I suppose this reflected the dying operations being done in the factories further up the river.

Wavey
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: harrydunn on February 11, 2011, 05:02:15 PM
(http://i55.tinypic.com/wgrecy.jpg)
 
Glencairn Road taken from 1941 street directory.
I remember the bomb hole used to go there for frog spawn and tadpoles also remember the horse shoe well right away up at the top of the Glencairn, we knew the fields to the left of this well as bluebell hill as it was covered with bluebells when in season.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on February 12, 2011, 02:00:16 AM
Guys, I loved reading your posts.   You remember a lot more than I did.  Brings back many happy memories.  Thanks for sharing your memories.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: catweazle on February 17, 2011, 08:37:06 PM
Thanks for all the posts everyone. Please keep them coming, these are just the type of memories and photos, I am looking for.
 
Rosser, could you please explain exactly whereabouts on the old Glencairn Road, the cottage was, with the natural spring beside it, and roughly when it disappeared? This sounds as if it is before my own personal recollections of that area, and I am totally intrigued by this. Cheers.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: the orrs on February 17, 2011, 09:32:25 PM
HI  I WENT TO FORTHRIVER SCHOOL 1944, REMEMBER THE HEAD MASTER WAS A MR GALLAGHER ALSO A TEACHER MISS ORR WHO I REMEMBER MARRIED A MINISTER,  IN THE WINTER  THE ROAD  WAS ALWAYS FLOODING ON    THE BALLYGOMARTIN RD .UP THE GLENRIVER RD I REMEMBER THE BOMB CRATER ALSO ROBINS WELL AN USE TO WALK  OVER TO HARMONY HTS TO THE CRUMLIN RD WERE THERE WAS TWO MILLS  AN A DAM GREAT MEMORIES.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: oilyrag on February 24, 2011, 02:39:31 PM
Forthriver school , some of the teachers names just came back to me , Mr Gallagher , Mr Holmes , Mr Kyle (kyler), Miss Matchet , Mrs Seewright .
A great write up Rosser....imagine forgetting the bomb hole  :swoon: 
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: the orrs on February 24, 2011, 03:14:47 PM
AN WHAT ABOUT THE OUTSIDE TOILETS :swoon: NO PAPER :swoon:
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Rosser on February 24, 2011, 05:35:04 PM
Quote from: oilyrag A great write up Rosser....imagine forgetting the bomb hole  :swoon:
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Oilyreg, I was too embarassed to mention it as it brought back bad memories of my first [censored] :swoon:  no not that type, we used to catch frogs and stick a straw up their bums :(  you can guess the rest, I suppose I should also have mentioned PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD as well, do you remember it at the waterfall?
 
Rosser
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: oilyrag on February 25, 2011, 06:02:21 PM
as kids we'd follow the Glen river from the Ballygo right up to the waterfall , I never could climb the rock face which formed the falls but went around it , then continued following the river. Robins well ,I'm sure there were fish swimming around in it before it got concreted over. On the return we'd follow the steep gradient down to the next junction and turn left through farm buildings , cross over a ford in the river and end up at the Wolf Hill dams.These were deep and dangerous , they we something to do with the local Ligoniel Mill.   Through the houses and down the Crumlin Rd , back into the park for more mischief. Guess we were wild , never in the house , and running about with wet feet and socks that had disappeared up the toe of the wellies. Quick wash in the schullery sink ready for school in the morning. Thing I do remember about those days  .always hungery, especially sunday mornings which was a lay-in for the folks , until that smell of bacon and eggs crept up the stairs.   
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: wavey davey on February 25, 2011, 08:17:25 PM
There's a photo of the ink bottle house here
http://photoalbum.rushlightmagazine.com/#bn-photocenter-1-1-2212447121/54537/1/
courtesy of rushlight magazine
wavey
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: catweazle on February 28, 2011, 09:55:06 PM
as kids we'd follow the Glen river from the Ballygo right up to the waterfall , I never could climb the rock face which formed the falls but went around it , then continued following the river. Robins well ,I'm sure there were fish swimming around in it before it got concreted over. On the return we'd follow the steep gradient down to the next junction and turn left through farm buildings , cross over a ford in the river and end up at the Wolf Hill dams.These were deep and dangerous , they we something to do with the local Ligoniel Mill.   Through the houses and down the Crumlin Rd , back into the park for more mischief. Guess we were wild , never in the house , and running about with wet feet and socks that had disappeared up the toe of the wellies. Quick wash in the schullery sink ready for school in the morning. Thing I do remember about those days  .always hungery, especially sunday mornings which was a lay-in for the folks , until that smell of bacon and eggs crept up the stairs.
Hi Oilyrag,
 
Great memories. Could you please tell exactly whereabouts on the Glencairn River, the waterfall and rockface was located. I remember my dad telling about a waterfall, but forget whereabouts it was.
 
Was there a large pool called,  "The Spoon"?  I think this was at the upper part of the river. Or is my recollection of what my dad told me, going hazy?
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Rosser on March 01, 2011, 12:51:31 AM
Catweazle, The waterfall was just opposite the entrance to the park, just where the corrugated iron fence started, it was`nt much to see also that is where prepare to meet thy god was painted on the rock, the only deep pool I know of was accessed via the top left hand corner of the field where the bombhole was, this was also where you gained access to the steps which took you up to the Frasers large house.
 
Rosser
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: JA on March 01, 2011, 03:21:26 AM
I remember when they started to build the Lynhurst houses over from the waterfall. There was a lot of bluebells and primroses at that time - when in season. One could walk further up the mountain to some old cottage ruins. You could walk back down on a stoney overgrown lane but not the full way to the Ballygomartin Road, or back down the river. That whole area of the Glencairn was a wonderful wild place. What a place to have grown up in, back then.
 
JA.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on March 04, 2011, 12:58:55 AM
Rosser - I read the posts about the waterfall and wondered what they were talking about. However, when I read yours it brought back the memory of the waterfall - o.m.g that was years and years ago.  Thanks Rosser for reminding me. 
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: the orrs on March 04, 2011, 09:22:41 AM
Remember   green gate,, but what was it or were was it on the glen river
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Rosser on March 04, 2011, 10:58:45 AM
Hi all, Green gate was along the Wolfhill Rd which took you over Harmony towards the Ligoniel dam, I may be wrong but the river there I think was the actual Forth river, the Glen river joined the Forth river behind Forthriver school.
Pat, only too glad to refresh memories,as long as they are good ones :smile:
 
Rosser
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: oilyrag on March 07, 2011, 01:26:03 PM
Memories are fadings fast , thank goodness for Rosser who seems to be on the ball. The waterfall I think was adjacent to the Fraser house the one where we'd make wee crosses with a bit of slate on the wall.There used to be a lovely family called the Wyllies (prob spelt wrong)who used to go to Forth River school. They lived within the walled grounds of the house and we'd climb trees and build tree huts. When in the late 60s the developers messed about with the Glencairn estate there was soil and mud slippage down the slopes into the river, where a very large pool and deep was formed.Someone had left a wooden pallet laying about so naturally we played boats.It was totally unstable and tipped over, how we never drowned I've no idea. Once again ran home wet and stinking trying to wring the clothes out before our ma came home to give us a belting.On the right of the road there used to be a big house called Ferndale (Ithink) It was empty and the care taker was a Mr McBride , I remember it used to be open for school visits and he'd show us around.It was spooky and of course he'd say it was haunted , just to prevent a revisit by some nasty kids.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: JA on March 07, 2011, 08:57:00 PM
Rosser,
Do remember when the Cunninghams' had their fox hunting day?
They would all gather on the road outside the 1st gate lodge. I think it was around autumn time. About 1950-54 period.
 
JA.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Rosser on March 09, 2011, 12:21:03 AM
JA, Sorry no I`m just a wee bit too young but would have loved to have seen it,sadly sights like that are becoming rare today,but I do remember the McKee`s from our street hunting with lurchers up the glen,10 bob for a foxes tounge from Leopold st barracks, easy money then.
 
Rosser
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on March 09, 2011, 12:30:28 AM
Hi Rosser, the Simpsons as well as the McKees went hunting.  I remember about the fox's tongues and them taking them to Leopold Street. As I have said before you have a great memory!
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: JA on March 09, 2011, 12:53:59 AM
JA, Sorry no I`m just a wee bit too young but would have loved to have seen it,sadly sights like that are becoming rare today,but I do remember the McKee`s from our street hunting with lurchers up the glen,10 bob for a foxes tounge from Leopold st barracks, easy money then.
 
Rosser

It was quite the sight thats for sure and one of my many memories of the Glencairn, but both you and Patricia Margaret have me on the fox tongues and why they where taken to Leopold street barracks. Can you expand on it??
JA
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on March 09, 2011, 01:28:22 AM
JA the foxes were considered a nuisance to live stock, so if a hunter shot one, and took the tongue of it as evidence, to the local Police Station they got a reward for killing the fox..
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: JA on March 09, 2011, 06:06:13 PM
JA the foxes were considered a nuisance to live stock, so if a hunter shot one, and took the tongue of it as evidence, to the local Police Station they got a reward for killing the fox..

I never knew that. Thanks.
I remember the Thompsons in the 1st farm I think that was past the two Cunningham houses, set way back from the road. My dad knew one of the two sisters. We use to get holly for Xmas. I don't remember any sides of beef though!
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: oilyrag on March 14, 2011, 05:19:13 AM
I remember the foxes tongues providing a bounty.....anyone confirm that carrion crows ( black & white ones) also produced a small payment.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Watso on March 22, 2011, 10:34:48 PM
When we were kids in mid fifties we would leave montreal st with our dried milk tin, firstly to boil abrew of tea then, roast spuds on a fire also probably had Jam sandwiches,what a treat.We would spend the day playing about and catching spricks.we would have spent the best part of the day there.at the twelth we would collect wood for the bonfire.if the peelers saw you with green branches you usually had a visit to your house . One peeler comes to mind we called him durango i beleive Beattie was his name,when he appeared you got offside.great to hear of the good ould days.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: sonofshanks on June 04, 2011, 12:07:10 PM
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Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: sonofshanks on June 04, 2011, 12:09:43 PM
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Post by: sonofshanks on June 04, 2011, 12:13:15 PM
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Post by: sonofshanks on June 04, 2011, 12:16:37 PM
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Post by: sonofshanks on June 04, 2011, 12:24:01 PM
As far as I am aware, I had a Great Uncle called Davy Scott who worked for the Cunninghams at Glencairn, as head groom. I also believe his brother worked for the Cunninghams as a chauffeur.
I have many fond memories of the `old Glencairn` as it was.
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Post by: zane on June 04, 2011, 08:37:33 PM
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Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: zane on June 04, 2011, 08:39:52 PM
When we were kids in mid fifties we would leave montreal st with our dried milk tin, firstly to boil abrew of tea then, roast spuds on a fire also probably had Jam sandwiches,what a treat.We would spend the day playing about and catching spricks.we would have spent the best part of the day there.at the twelth we would collect wood for the bonfire.if the peelers saw you with green branches you usually had a visit to your house . One peeler comes to mind we called him durango i beleive Beattie was his name,when he appeared you got offside.great to hear of the good ould days.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: zane on June 04, 2011, 09:02:30 PM
hi, watso; i too did everything you mentioned up the "glen"; what a wonderful place it was to get away from it all; i remember doing my wayfarers badge in the "b/brigade" and was able to collect all the flowers and leaves reqd there, even a rare one like the cuckoo pint! fat chance now!!! later progressing to taking girlfriends up for a "walk". the memories linger on.  remember durango too;a p.i.t.a.!
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: stevieboy on June 06, 2011, 04:08:46 PM
As far as I am aware, I had a Great Uncle called Davy Scott who worked for the Cunninghams at Glencairn, as head groom. I also believe his brother worked for the Cunninghams as a chauffeur.
I have many fond memories of the `old Glencairn` as it was.

Great photos, Sonof: Brings back many a memory of the Old Glencairn before they built that terrible housing estate that no one wanted to live in. Largest cul-de-sac in Europe.
 :angry2:
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Post by: glenb on June 06, 2011, 04:39:10 PM
Can't remember a foxes tongue, but do remember if you brought in a foxes tail....I'm a Catholic and remember collecting wood from the Glencairn for the bonfires on the 12th
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: Patricia Margaret on June 07, 2011, 01:53:11 AM
My daddy used to up very early in the morning to go up the Glencairn and pick mushrooms.  Also he used to pick watercress.  I remember picking blackberries but my favourite thing in my childhood was to go up the Glencairn and pick primroses or bluebells whichever were in season.
 
Thanks for the great photos.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: msw1 on May 17, 2012, 08:06:15 PM

Great photos, Sonof: Brings back many a memory of the Old Glencairn before they built that terrible housing estate that no one wanted to live in. Largest cul-de-sac in Europe.
 >:D
Stevieboy I dont know where you got the idea no one wanted to live in Glencairn
 Glencairn was a god send at the beginning for people moving from 2 bedroom houses with outside toilets on the Shankill, when I moved there,  only a handful off houses where  build, I lived in Glencairn way and they built from there up and down the road, It was a fantastic place when you where a kid, and don't forget alot of the people came from New Barnsley,
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: macy on May 17, 2012, 09:15:44 PM
lived in glencairn from 1968 and loved it as a child spent my summer holidays in the glen looking back you never wanted to grow up does anyone remember the big house  bottom of glencairn road coming up would be on your right just before the block of flats remember it geting burned at the start of the troubles dont know why.also a farm behind it at the bottom of the glen they had chickens and a few goats .walked up the other day all growen over but still lots of memories    happy days :)
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: msw1 on May 18, 2012, 09:52:10 AM
Yeah Macy they  where the days,Can remember cutting across the Glen twice every day and through lynhurst to get to school.Can remember messing about on dumpers on the Wimpy building sites,I think every kid in the area had a hard hat courtesy of Wimpys and a pocket full of Hilti bullets and the old mobile classrooms in the forest that always smelt of gas
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: darin on May 18, 2012, 01:14:13 PM
does anyone remember the razors edge up the glen ? it was at a very sharp bend in the river about half way up.it was a very high bank and was about 1 ft wide and maybe 10 ft long. at each end was a flat grassy bit .we used to walk or run across it,if you slipped you slid into about a 1ft of water .a great place to spend days and summer holidays.  darin
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: NoDor on May 18, 2012, 01:18:10 PM
Great picture of the Forth River.   The school is on the right hand side, you can just see the railings.   Thanks for that, it brings back many memories.
Title: Re: Old photos of Forthriver/Glencairn area
Post by: joemarie on May 18, 2012, 01:50:31 PM
HI  I WENT TO FORTHRIVER SCHOOL 1944, REMEMBER THE HEAD MASTER WAS A MR GALLAGHER ALSO A TEACHER MISS ORR WHO I REMEMBER MARRIED A MINISTER,  IN THE WINTER  THE ROAD  WAS ALWAYS FLOODING ON    THE BALLYGOMARTIN RD .UP THE GLENRIVER RD I REMEMBER THE BOMB CRATER ALSO ROBINS WELL AN USE TO WALK  OVER TO HARMONY HTS TO THE CRUMLIN RD WERE THERE WAS TWO MILLS  AN A DAM GREAT MEMORIES.
Hi I went to Forthriver 1945,I remember Mr. Gallagher,Miss Barr,Miss Orr, Mr. Kyle, Mrs. Seewright,Mr. Gibson. Mr. Hall, Mrs Pearman, Mrs. Fitzsimmons, I loved going up the Glen to pick Primroses and bluebells, I remember my mother telling me they used to live in one of the Forthriver cottages and she used to work for the Cunningham's.
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Post by: msw1 on May 18, 2012, 03:41:40 PM
Would the Mr Kyle be Davy Kyle who went on to be principal of Wheatfield school
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Post by: joemarie on May 18, 2012, 03:52:46 PM
Would the Mr Kyle be Davy Kyle who went on to be principal of Wheatfield school
Mr. Kyle that was at Forthriver school was Jack Kyle, he played rugby.
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Post by: tommynada on May 20, 2012, 11:49:59 PM
Indeed  a lot of people were thankful to get a house in Glencairn having been forced to leave their homes in New Barnsley. Mother-in-law still there all these years later, it might not be everyone`s cup of tea but it`s home to many decent folk.
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Post by: oilyrag on May 23, 2012, 09:59:46 AM
Indeed  a lot of people were thankful to get a house in Glencairn having been forced to leave their homes in New Barnsley. Mother-in-law still there all these years later, it might not be everyone`s cup of tea but it`s home to many decent folk.

Mr Kyle ( or Kyler ) was still there in 1956 and he taught P7 kids for their 11+ . I can still picture him , a fearful guy who thought nothing of knuckle punching wee kids on the top of their heads. When in a rage he chuck anything at hand towards the offending pupil , the blackboard duster was a favourite missille. Mr Holmes became the new head of Forthy , he always reminded us of a skull , due to his tight facial features. When it snowed heavy we'd be sent home early  .yippee.
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Post by: joemarie on May 23, 2012, 01:23:21 PM

Mr Kyle ( or Kyler ) was still there in 1956 and he taught P7 kids for their 11+ . I can still picture him , a fearful guy who thought nothing of knuckle punching wee kids on the top of their heads. When in a rage he chuck anything at hand towards the offending pupil , the blackboard duster was a favourite missille. Mr Holmes became the new head of Forthy , he always reminded us of a skull , due to his tight facial features. When it snowed heavy we'd be sent home early  .yippee.
I was afraid of Mr. Kyle when I seen him thowing the blackboard duster and refused to stay in his class,I was lucky Mr.Gallagher allowed me to stay another year in Mr.Hall's class.The last time I was home in Belfast my sister and I were standing looking at the ground where Forthriver school had been,I am going to Belfast in 2 weeks time and no doubt I will be having a look again,I am in Canada 40 years but still call Belfast home.
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Post by: Ifcp1 on September 21, 2012, 10:18:45 PM
Any pictures of the old Forth River football team that played at Edenderry pre WWII?
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Post by: Shankill Sam on February 28, 2013, 03:45:20 AM
Hi All, i lived in Glencairn (Forthriver Road) for many a year in the 70's went to Fernhill P.S. from the Hemsworth Square P.S. & then onto Somerdale S.C. Lived facing ST. Andrews church before the Day Centre thing was built. :)
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Post by: Shankill Sam on March 19, 2013, 10:06:41 AM
Did anyone go to Fernhill p.s. if so, do you remember a teacher called Mr Mclure, he would ping your ears & hit you on the knuckles with the edge of the ruler as you were doing your work. what an [censored]!  >:D
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Post by: curlywotsits on August 24, 2014, 07:58:04 AM
I grew up in Forthriver Crescent so many a happy day was spent in the park and up the glen,I remember the waterall, if i rem correct someone was killed when their car / motorbike went over the edge, hence prepare to meet thy god. I remember swimming in the spoon during the good summers of the 70`s, there were also fish in it. Billy Semple was the park ranger who lived in the Four Winds before moving to Woodvale. I think Robins well was covered up as it was a security threat (planting bombs inside - not the well itself being a threat lol) as the TV masts were just down the lane a bit and guarded by the army. Went to Fernhill P.S Mr Marsden was the head and Mr Stewart was my teacher, suppose Mr Parkinson was the most well known teacher.
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Post by: deirdre on August 31, 2014, 03:27:34 PM
My great aunt Annie Kerr Lamb..they lived at 3forthriver gardens..I think this is at no.3.. But not sure..(http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/webkit-fake-url://5C15EAC7-E828-44A8-B0C2-70C03A022665/imagejpeg)
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Post by: deirdre on August 31, 2014, 03:35:11 PM
(http://i57.tinypic.com/29nuuq8.jpg).   Annie Kerr Lamb outside  3 Forthriver gardens.
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Post by: theengineer on September 17, 2014, 10:33:48 PM
Hi I went to Forthriver 1945,I remember Mr. Gallagher,Miss Barr,Miss Orr, Mr. Kyle, Mrs. Seewright,Mr. Gibson. Mr. Hall, Mrs Pearman, Mrs. Fitzsimmons, I loved going up the Glen to pick Primroses and bluebells, I remember my mother telling me they used to live in one of the Forthriver cottages and she used to work for the Cunningham's.
I too went to Forth River School around 1952 and remember some of the teachers you name. Mr Hall took me for football and Mr Gibson lived near me in Wheatfield Crescent.
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Post by: Morton McDonald on December 15, 2014, 07:56:48 PM
Dr.Jackie Kyle was an International rugger player and if memory serves me right played for Instonians( not sure of the spelling) I went to Fane street and recall him coming over there and showing me as well as others the proper way to kick the ball served me well in later years as I played professional  Football here in Canada
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Post by: Morton McDonald on February 11, 2015, 11:28:22 PM
Jack Kyle was Dr. Jack Kyle played rugger for Ireland and Instonians not sure of the spelling ...He was visiting our school one day Fane Street school off the Lisburn Road he showed me the proper way to kick a rugger ball and that helped me in later years playing football in Canada
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Post by: whiskey on January 02, 2019, 11:47:27 PM
i was born  up the glencairn road back in 1959 down the lane beside the white house on the road
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Post by: macroyal on January 10, 2019, 12:07:30 PM
Any pictures of the old Forth River football team that played at Edenderry pre WWII?
NOT FOOTBALL TEAM, BUT I POSTED PICTURES OF MY DA WHO WENT TO FORTHRIVER SCHOOL WITH THE LOCAL CRICKET TEAM WHO WON THE MAGEE CUP 1939 ON BELFAST PAPER AND EPHEMERA ON FACEBOOK, TO FIDDLY TO POST WITH TINYPICS ON HERE
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Post by: GEMMA on January 16, 2019, 11:23:57 AM
(http://i63.tinypic.com/m8085e.jpg)

Woodvale Park? 1950,s?
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Post by: Heather79 on February 06, 2019, 08:19:15 PM
My father grew up in Monks hill cottages, just off the glencairn Road in 1940s.  I would love it if anyone has any old pictures of these now!
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Post by: A J on April 23, 2019, 01:40:41 AM
I have just found this site.  Noticed in the comments that someone said that Mr Kyle of Forth River P S was Jack Kyle but it wasn't Jack .  The teacher in question was David Kyle .  Anyone who was in his class wouldn't forget him !