Castle Junction, Belfast

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Where: 4 Donegall Pl, Belfast BT1 5AA, UK

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Moving from downtown Nobber to a more sophisticated and meropolitan Belfast and the department stores and fine buildings on display at Castle Junction.

Thanks to John Spooner & sharon.corbet for confirming the location, and beachcomberaustralia & sharon.corbet for pointing-out that we shared the the "reverse" view (looking against the photographer of this shot) a little while ago. beachcomberaustralia also provides links to some fascinating contemporary turn-of-century videos of the area - giving extra life to our shot here.

Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection

Photographer: Robert French

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Possibly c.1890-1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_00322

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Sep/2015 07:59:46

    Streetview

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Sep/2015 07:59:48

    Streetview

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:05:28

    10:09 and all's well. Coincidentally the clock in my back garden is stuck at that time too !

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:09:09

    The Belfast News-Letter, Tuesday, October 4, 1887 belfastCastleJunction

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:15:01

    The perils of Castle Junction trams part II The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Tuesday, December 18, 1888 belfastCastleJunction2

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:15:02

    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.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:15:12

    Goodson's is at 1 Royal Ave in 1901, but Richardson's were there in 1890.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:18:09

    [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: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5960017113/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:24:46

    [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.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:39:49

    [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".

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Sep/2015 08:45:09

    There's a Lawrence Photographic Project shot from 1990/1 available as well.

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    O Mac

    • 16/Sep/2015 09:13:12

    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

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Sep/2015 09:41:22

    Goodson was at #1 Royal Ave in 1901. Looks like a mix of Gas and Electric lighting.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 10:05:20

    Fantastic four minutes of time travel - a top-deck ride on a horse-drawn tram in Belfast, 1901 - youtu.be/L7ILSgK4VgE

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    DannyM8

    • 16/Sep/2015 10:39:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Great find, I was fascinated by the wheeled advertisment boards.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 11:46:11

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Those ad boards explained in the voice-over of the BFI's shorter version - youtu.be/SpU4DgefFPo

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 11:56:29

    ... 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*]

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    DannyM8

    • 16/Sep/2015 13:07:37

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] very interesting.

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Sep/2015 15:12:58

    [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.

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    Bwana_Samaki

    • 16/Sep/2015 15:32:27

    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.

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    Vab2009

    • 16/Sep/2015 18:32:09

    [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!)

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    Vab2009

    • 16/Sep/2015 18:40:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] And I saw two dogs at least!

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    Vab2009

    • 16/Sep/2015 18:45:47

    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.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Sep/2015 21:31:48

    [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.

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    O Mac

    • 17/Sep/2015 01:00:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Absolutely amazing piece of film.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 17/Sep/2015 03:17:03

    it was built in 1785? wow, it was already old when this was taken. very nice

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    DannyM8

    • 17/Sep/2015 07:04:33

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/vab2009] I did see them Dogs!!!

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    philipgmayer

    • 17/Sep/2015 11:49:41

    There's a poster for "The Empire" which was opened in December 1894. www.findlaters.com/chapter14.html

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    Vab2009

    • 18/Sep/2015 10:45:01

    [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!

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    billh35

    • 30/Nov/2015 15:41:08

    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.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Jun/2016 10:22:13

    Per PRONI, Goodson in 1884, 1890, 1892 was at 39 High St. 1895 appears at 1 Royal Ave. So, 1892-1900.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Jun/2016 23:39:12

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley]!