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Belfast Poor House

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Poor House Infirmary: a case of ‘scald head’

By |January 9th, 2019|

The Charitable Society had resolved to set up Belfast’s first hospital  at its inaugural meeting in 1752. The hospital formed part of the original Poor House complex which finally opened in 1774. A string of prominent physicians and surgeons served the destitute and ill in the hospital including Dr William Drennan (founder of the United […]

Fleas in the Poor House

By |January 3rd, 2019|

January 1809 witnessed a resurgence in an issue which had plagued the Poor House… the presence of fleas in the bedrooms! This had been an issue from the earliest days of the Poor House as in July 1775 David Hackett’s bed was recorded as being “overrun with vermin”.

This was in a period before there was pest control […]

136th Benn Christmas Dinner: the brothers behind the name

By |December 19th, 2018|

Today, 19th December 2018, marks the 136th annual Benn Christmas Dinner. But who were the Benn family and what was their association with the Belfast Charitable Society?

Edward (1798-1874) and George Benn (1801-1882), like many who supported the Belfast Poor House combined their keen business sense with a philanthropic spirit. The brothers originally came from Tandragee, […]

James Irwin, the House of Correction & Clifton Street Cemetery

By |December 15th, 2018|

On this day 185 years ago (15th December 1833) James Irwin was buried in the ‘New Burying Ground’, today known as Clifton Street Cemetery. He died aged 68 of cancer.

James was born c.1765 in Wellbrook, County Tyrone and moved to the town of Belfast where he resided with his family at Great Patrick Street. The […]

Dr Robert Stevenson: Poor House physcian & Benefactor

By |December 8th, 2018|

One of the first doctors in Belfast to offer their support to the Poor House by providing medical care to the poor for free was Dr Robert Stevenson. Dr Stevenson was called on to set broken legs and treat cancers in the Poor House.

Dr Stevenson was kept busy with work in the Poor House in […]

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

By |December 2nd, 2018|

Today marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The notion of slavery tends to bring us back to African slaves brought to America, however slavery continues as 21st Century problem.  The Belfast Charitable Society of the 18th and 19th centuries found themselves caught in the controversy surrounding this abhorrent trade.

Much of the conflict regarding […]

Decorating the Poor House

By |November 27th, 2018|

This week our Christmas decorations went up marking the start of the festive season in Belfast’s original Poor House. Our Archive & Heritage Development Officer dipped into our archive to see how the Poor House would have been decorated in the past.
In the Georgian era the House was decorated throughout in what the Belfast Charitable […]

One Eighty Restaurant among those ‘Served up’ £850k by Building Better Futures Fund

By |November 22nd, 2018|

A £1million community fund which provides small, unsecured loans to social enterprises and charities has committed £850K to 36 groups in Northern Ireland in just 18 months.
Beneficiaries of the fund have been drawn from right across Northern Ireland with loans ranging from £1,000 to £25,000. Organisations supported include Step by Step which runs the One […]

The spark that started Belfast’s Industrial expansion

By |November 20th, 2018|

Belfast was once famous the world over for its linen production, but this was not the first textile to be industrialised in Belfast.

Robert Joy was a paper producer and proprietor of the Belfast Newsletter, as well as the designer and project manager of the Poor House. Robert Joy, his brother-in-law Captain John McCracken and Thomas […]

Famine, fever and exhumation…

By |November 18th, 2018|

Black ’47, the darkest year of the Great Hunger had a lasting impact on the town of Belfast. People were dying at an astonishing rate, with many streaming into Belfast to seek work and food. Money, however, could not save you from the ravages of the dreaded famine fever which killed indiscriminately. One such fever victim […]