Belfast A History
Beyond the footlights
Understanding the past - where we have come from and what has moulded us - is important everywhere, and nowhere more so than in Northern Ireland's largest city. For 250 years Belfast, though quite unlike anywhere else in Ireland, was similar to many of the other great industrial cities of the United Kingdom. It embraced the industrial revolution wholeheartedly, and witnessed enormous economic success and expansion as a result.
This fascinating collection of over 200 photographs reflects the history, character, life and people of East Belfast over the last one hundred years. In the second half of the nineteenth century, Belfast grew more rapidly than any other city in the British Isles and it became the most urbanised and densely populated region of Ireland. In 1854, the boundary of Belfast itself was extended to incorporate the burgeoning Ballymacarrett district.