Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
10:09 and all's well. Coincidentally the clock in my back garden is stuck at that time too !
The Belfast News-Letter, Tuesday, October 4, 1887
The perils of Castle Junction trams part II
The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Tuesday, December 18, 1888
I think the photo must be after 1900 as wikipedia on The Bank Buildings says " ... In 1900 the ground and first floors of the building underwent a major redesign. The architect W. H. Lynn allowed for large plate glass windows to be installed in the lower floors. The department store continued to operate on the first two floors whilst the upper floors were used as a warehouse for the wholesale side of the business. ... " en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Buildings,_Belfast
Also - "the area in front of the Bank Buildings was also used to execute criminals before this practice came to an end in 1816." - not a good place to, um, hang around.
Goodson's is at 1 Royal Ave in 1901, but Richardson's were there in 1890.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] But before 1905, as that's when the trams were electrified, at least according the comments on a photo round the corner:
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Ha! I was just about to post that - crikey, you have to be quick on the NLI photostream. I think that is the reverse view.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I was actually looking for another photo, also round the corner somewhere..
I suppose it is the reverse view - I was concentrating on Goodson's which is "around the corner".
There's a Lawrence Photographic Project shot from 1990/1 available as well.
A few changes in a few years. pre Bank Building renovation 1898. www.flickr.com/photos/vudigitallibrary/4911308866/
And a tinted one from the Detroit Publishing Co. - Library of Congress
Goodson was at #1 Royal Ave in 1901. Looks like a mix of Gas and Electric lighting.
Fantastic four minutes of time travel - a top-deck ride on a horse-drawn tram in Belfast, 1901 - youtu.be/L7ILSgK4VgE
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Great find, I was fascinated by the wheeled advertisment boards.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Those ad boards explained in the voice-over of the BFI's shorter version - youtu.be/SpU4DgefFPo
... which makes me think that 'Empire' poster above Goodson's at the extreme right - is that a theatre advert which could help with the date ? Can't quite read the letters ...
[*hunts for magnifying glass*]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] very interesting.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I think it says 'capes' on the left of the lady's head and 'mantles' on the right, these being the sort of things which could be bought at Goodson's, assuming that 'Empire' is a brand of ladies' apparel. Or I could be imagining it.
The building on the right with the cupola and spire is the Ulster Reform Club, to the left of it was the Provincial Bank of Ireland (now Tesco), and then far left is the Bank Buildings.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Loved the tram destination boards and the wheeled ads with the Ulster Hall on them. And I saw Arnotts shop awning too. Think I will need to look several times to recognise other shops and adverts. It finishes off at the foot of the Albert Clock. Love it! (just found Robinson & Cleaver in my second viewing! And adverts for Johnstons umbrellas! So many places still around in my younger years!)
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] And I saw two dogs at least!
Super image.. sorry I was out all day! I had to go to the Bank Buildings to buy my radiography students uniform in the 1970s. And it used to have a great fabric and pattern section too.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Drat! Another wild goose chase.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/vab2009] At 1:43 in the film, the bollards around that wonderful 5-lamp gasolier with Goodson's in the background. It is as if we are riding the left tram in the photo.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Absolutely amazing piece of film.
it was built in 1785? wow, it was already old when this was taken. very nice
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/vab2009] I did see them Dogs!!!
There's a poster for "The Empire" which was opened in December 1894.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Yes I saw that!! You are quite right. I love the people in the film but I can't help aching to see a little more of the shop awnings and names! But It does make the era of my great grandparents come alive! I cannot help wonder if some of their generation and my grandfathers are there in shot!
The name "Castle Junction" was invented by the Tramways Company as the terminus point for all tram routes in the city and this became the very heart of the city centre.
Per PRONI, Goodson in 1884, 1890, 1892 was at 39 High St. 1895 appears at 1 Royal Ave.