Central Belfast

An Historical Gazeteer


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In the course of the 19th century, Belfast grew from a small port to the largest and most prosperous city in Ireland: during that period its population increased at a rate faster that that of any other city in the British Isles, and it became arguably the most completely Victorian city as a result. Despite an appalling rate of attrition of this legacy in recent decades, a significant heritage of fine buildings still survives and is increasingly appreciated; the Grand Opera House and the Crown Bar remain to dazzle the Belfast sightseer, while many linen warehouses and commercial buildings of the late Victorian period demonstrate the vigour and determination of this remarkable city.

This book, Central Belfast, covers the centre of the city in detail, street by street and often building by building, describing not only what is there now but also what has gone. From Clifton House, built in the 1770s, to buildings completed in the early 1990s, this is a fascinating and often amusing tour of the social history and architecture of Belfast.


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Price: £9.00
Author: Marcus Patton
Illustrator: n/a
ISBN: 0900457459
No. Pages: 0
Dimensions: 148 x 210mm
Type: Hardback