The Belfast Charitable Society’s members conducted a walking tour of the streets of Belfast, in honour of their 265th birthday, on today, 28th August 2017. It was led by social and political historian, Dr Eamon Phoenix. The walking tour offered an insight into the founding fathers of Belfast and the impact they and the Belfast Charitable Society had had […]
On this day in 1944, staff and members of the Belfast Charitable Society were treated to a first in the long history of the Society – a marriage of residents! John Bloomer, aged 82, had requested to marry another resident, Miss Frances Ashe, aged 64 in July 1944. It was the first time such […]
Allotments are a valuable resource to individuals and community groups who take immense pride in their up keep and produce. This National Allotment Week gives us the opportunity to have a look at the allotments and gardens at the Poor House and how they were used to benefit the residents.
The Belfast Charitable Society knew how […]
The summer of 1752 was damp and cool in Belfast. On 28th August 1752 a group of nineteen leading merchants, burgesses (councillors) and one minister, the Rev James Saurin, left their businesses and homes and walked the short distance to the George Inn at the corner of North Street and John Street (now Royal Avenue). […]
Edward Benn was born in Tandragee, County Armagh, in 1798. Edward and his brother George and began working in the brewing trade in Downpatrick, County Down. Later they moved to the Glenravel estate in Antrim where they distilled potatoes. They also made their fortune through iron ore which was found in the hills […]
On 1st August 1771 Stewart Banks, Sovereign of Belfast, laid the foundation stone of the new Poor House. He lived next door to the Donegal Arms Hotel in Castle Place, a place where the Belfast Charitable Society regularly met prior to the opening of the Poor House. The Newsletter reported the momentous occasion of […]
Founded in 1983, 174 Trust is a community care organisation committed to helping build a “strong, just and peaceful society” in North Belfast and beyond. The Trust’s award winning facility, the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, provides a safe, shared and inclusive community space from which they deliver a variety of valuable services including […]