South Belfast: History and Guide

South Belfast: History and Guide

by Norman Weatherall


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South Belfast, as we know it today, is a creation of the 19th century, a time when people began to move to new suburbs from the old town center and the countryside. Unlike the industrial East and West, South Belfast developed as a mainly residential quarter, but one with a distinctly bohemian flavor. This history takes us along the Golden Mile, through the Botanic Gardens, and to the Knockbreda Cemetery, where some of Belfast's most influential citizens are buried. It looks at the practicalities of life in the area and the origins of its street names, a perennial subject for light-hearted debate. This guide take us past the homes of literary and industrial giants and explores the area's sparkling artistic history, all the while unearthing the fiery arguments that accompanied each new stage of development in this beautiful part of the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845889296
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: History & Guide Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

South Belfast's Street Names 9

The Cromac Woods and the Blackstaff River 12

Water for Belfast 16

The Gasworks 19

Ulster Hall 24

Theatre 28

The Golden Mile 35

Trams 41

Botanic Gardens 46

Belfast Wheel Public Sculpture 53

Churches 56

Queen's Elms 75

Literary South Belfast 78

Big Houses 84

Cinemas 90

Ormeau Park 97

Knockbreda Cemetery 101

Trails 109

Bibliography 126

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