Thomas McCabe was a goldsmith and cotton manufacturer who had a business in North Street. Together with Robert Joy and Captain McCracken he financed cotton spinning machinery for the Poor House to teach the children and women a skill. This proved so successful that McCabe, Joy and McCracken opened the first water powered mill in […]
Our ever-popular lecture series returns to Clifton House this February – proudly supported by the Belfast Charitable Society, in partnership with the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
‘North Belfast Bricks & Mortals’ will explore the unique heritage of North Belfast, it’s buildings, people and the events that have shaped it. From the McCabe family and […]
The Belfast Charitable Society had been responsible for bringing water to Belfast from the 1790s. However, making water pipes from tree trunks, laying them and employing engineers to work out the most appropriate courses all came at a cost.
On this day (17th January) 1807 it was recorded that the Water Rate Collectors had been sent […]
In the mid-18th century gin was known as ‘mothers ruin’, and over a century later it was still frowned upon by the Belfast Charitable Society.
#OnThisDay 1869 James Boyd, a resident, had brought gin into the Poor House for an old lady. When he was caught James argued it was for medical purposes. The Steward felt […]
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 […]
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 […]