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Mary Ann McCracken & her first battle with the Men’s Committee: The Infant School

By |September 17th, 2018|

When the Ladies Committee was set up, Mary Ann McCracken was one of the first to join. Mary Ann’s family had been involved in raising the money to construct the Poor House, and designing the building itself. However, Mary Ann was particularly interested in the welfare of the children.

Mary Ann had big dreams for these […]

From the Archives: The Belfast Charitable Society & the Bank Buildings

By |September 13th, 2018|

The original ‘Bank Buildings’ were constructed by Waddell Cunningham in the 1780s at the top of High Street, known as Castle Place. Waddell is an infamous character in the history of Belfast. He served on the Board of the Belfast Charitable Society, helping to run the Poor House. Waddell was extremely generous with his money […]

Indonesia & Ireland: The 1818 Fever Epidemic

By |September 12th, 2018|

Three years before, back in 1815 a volcano in modern Indonesia, Mount Tambora,  erupted throwing plumes of ash and gas into the atmosphere which encircled the  entire globe. The environmental impact of the eruption was so great that 1816 went down in history as the ‘Year of No Summer’. Back in Ireland crops failed and […]

‘Radicals & Reformers’ tour celebrates North Belfast

By |September 3rd, 2018|

Dr Éamon Phoenix explains the pertinence of North Belfast’s history and its architecture

NORTH Belfast’s stunning architecture was the setting for the Belfast Charitable Society’s 266th anniversary celebrations when leading historian, Dr Éamon Phoenix, took to the local streets to explore the iconic landmarks which form part of the unique tapestry of Belfast’s history.

Exploring how North […]

Funding the Poor House: Celebrities, animals & sermons

By |August 22nd, 2018|

When the Belfast Charitable Society opened the new Poor House in 1774 it had room to accommodate seventy people. On the same footprint 40 years later there were four hundred and fifty residents due to demand. As you can imagine this put huge strain on the finances of the charity which relied exclusively on public subscriptions […]

The Laying of the Poor House Foundation Stone

By |August 1st, 2018|

Today marks the 247th anniversary of the laying of the Poor House foundation stone in 1771, nineteen years after the Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752.  On 1st August 1771 Stewart Banks, Sovereign (Mayor) of Belfast, laid the foundation stone of the new Poor House. He lived next door to the Donegal Arms Hotel […]

Mary Ann McCracken: Faithful Until Death

By |July 26th, 2018|

On this day in 1866 the people of Belfast learnt of the death of Mary Ann McCracken. She had lived through some of the most turbulent years of Irish history including the 1798 rebellion, the Great Famine and the Industrial Revolution. Passing away aged 96, Mary Ann lived into a period where photography was becoming […]

The French Connection

By |July 14th, 2018|

Captain John McCracken was enchanted by all things French. He spent considerable time travelling between Belfast and Bordeaux, transporting wine for his employer, the Black family. He had been held prisoner in France in the mid-1700s, but it did not diminish his admiration for the French people. When French prisoners were quartered in Belfast, Captain […]

The NHS at 70: Belfast before Universal Healthcare

By |July 6th, 2018|

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the National Health Service in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It seems appropriate that as people across the country celebrate this momentous occasion that we take a look back at early attempts in Belfast to provide healthcare to those who found the cost of treatment […]

The Belfast Charitable Society & the creation of Belfast’s first chemist

By |July 3rd, 2018|

Medical care in Belfast grew from humble roots but developed with the determination and tenacity of a relatively small number of men and women. The Belfast Charitable Society were at the forefront of healthcare provision, opening Belfast’s first infirmary (hospital) to the general public in 1774. The infirmary at the Poor House was the only […]