This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

Belfast Charitable Society

/Belfast Charitable Society

Sing it out…

By |April 17th, 2019|

Music formed a huge part of the curriculum in the Poor House, especially for the boys.

Children were taught to play musical instruments and learnt to sing. They proved very popular and many were brought to different churches to participate in the respective choirs. Many of the young boys were so skilful that they ended up […]

Edward Wakefield Pim: Quaker, Charitable Society Member & historian

By |April 14th, 2019|

#OnThisDay 1919 Belfast Charitable Society passed a resolution in regard to the great loss to the Society caused by the death of Edward Wakefield Pim Esq J.P.

E.W. Pim was, for many long years the Honourary Secretary, and it was his foresight in 1907 that led to the recording of inscriptions on extant headstones in Clifton […]

This Little Piggy (almost) Went to Market: A Theft from the Poor House

By |April 8th, 2019|

The Poor House was always intended to be as self sufficient as possible. They had their own tailor and carpenter as well as operating a farm which utilised the fields granted to them in 1774. As part of the farm they had their own piggery. Piglets were purchased, fattened and slaughtered for market. The profit went back […]

A Long Loan: The Corporation Clock & Bell

By |April 1st, 2019|

On 1st April 1775 the Belfast Charitable Society member, Reverend William Bristow, wrote to the vestry for the loan of the Old Parish Church bell and clock. This church was located on the site of what is today St George’s on High Street. The old church had been condemned, and a new church was later […]

Riches to Rags: The Johnston Family of Belfast

By |March 22nd, 2019|

Today (22nd March 2019) we had Nancy from Philadelphia pay a visit to Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery. Nancy has spent many years researching  her ancestors, the Johnston family, who were tanners in the Mill Street/ Castle Street area of Belfast in the early-mid 19th century.

The Johnston’s were wealthy enough to purchase a Wall Plot, […]

Old Charities Empowering New Opportunities:Belfast Charitable Society supports Queen’s University Students

By |March 19th, 2019|

THANKS to the Belfast Charitable Society and the Barbour Fund some students from the North Belfast area will be able to benefit from financial support to help them through the cost of the second year of their studies at Queen’s University.

This has been made possible through the University’s Pathway Opportunity Programme and the partnership created […]

Elizabeth Fry & the Foundation of the Ladies Committee of the Poor House

By |March 13th, 2019|

On 13th March 1826 a meeting was called by Elizabeth Fry to encourage the women of Belfast to take an active role in the various charitable institutions within the town of Belfast. The women of Belfast agreed to write to the Poor House Committee for permission to set up a ‘Ladies Committee’ for ‘superintending the […]

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

By |March 7th, 2019|

This week marks ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ and we thought it would be fitting to look back at the activities of the Belfast Charitable Society, who were earlier pioneers of apprenticeship schemes in the Belfast area.
Between 1841 and 1846 there was never less than 100 children in the Poor House with a peak of 242 at […]

On This Day: The 1798 Rebellion and the return of the Poor House

By |March 4th, 2019|

A number of members of the Belfast Charitable Society were involved in the 1798 rebellion. Dr William Drennan, visiting physician to the Poor House, came up with the concept of an organisation to unite Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter, but stepped back from the organisation as it became more militant. Thomas McCabe, a prominent member of […]

Major redevelopment at Ardoyne shopfronts thanks to loan

By |February 20th, 2019|

Ardoyne’s shop fronts are to get a new lease of life with the assistance of the Building Better Futures Fund. The 0.1-acre derelict site has planning permission for a three-storey retail and office development.

The Ardoyne Youth Enterprise (AYE), a youth and community development organisation, which reaches out to young people on the streets of Ardoyne […]