Did you happen to watch the Antiques Roadshow last night? Paula Reynolds, Belfast Charitable Society CEO, brought along one of our original water pipes for the experts to look at. The Belfast Charitable Society was responsible for bringing water into Belfast from 1790-1840. The water pipe may not have much monetary value, but the history associated […]
By the outbreak of the First World War the old Poor House had been an old peoples home for some 32 years. However, this did not put off the older residents doing their part for the war effort.
One resident in particular, Walter F. Element, was keen to help out the military in whatever capacity he […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]