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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 […]

Step back in time this Summer with Clifton House Tours! Tales of Belfast’s Original Poor House and More

By |July 2nd, 2018|

CLIFTON House, the home of Belfast’s first charitable organisation, the Belfast Charitable Society, is set to host a series of unique tours, offering an insight into Belfast’s original Poor House and telling the story of the interesting yet turbulent history of years gone by.

The Clifton House and Cemetery tours run every Friday from the 22nd […]

World Music Day

By |June 23rd, 2018|

World Music Day is celebrated each 23rd June and to mark the occasion here are a few extracts from our history and archives. Music formed an important part of the children’s education in the Poor House from an early period. This took the form of both singing and learning musical instruments.

During the 19th century the […]

Prince Charles visits North Belfast

By |June 12th, 2018|

The Prince of Wales began a two-day trip to Northern Ireland with a recital by the Ulster Orchestra in a 19th century Methodist church in Belfast which is undergoing major restoration. Prince Charles toured the Carlisle Memorial Church, which has served as a gateway to north Belfast since 1875 on the opposite side of the […]

On this day 1754 Dr William Drennan was born in Rosemary Lane

By |May 23rd, 2018|

Dr William Drennan was born on 23rd May 1754, two years after the foundation of the Belfast Charitable Society. He later went on to be a famous obstetrician and was responsible for pioneering small pox inoculations in the Poor House. Drennan  was also a poet, and social reformer and was the first to call Ireland […]

“In a Blue Velvet Dress”: The Inspiration behind an Irish Ghost Story

By |May 14th, 2018|

On Friday 11th May Clifton House hosted a special ‘Plots and Plotters’ tour of Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery, looking at the radicals of Belfast in the late 1700s, in association with the Linen Hall Library to mark their 230th anniversary.  Prior to the tour commencing Monica Cash, deputy librarian, presented Clifton House with […]