On the Monday after Assembly Elections in Northern Ireland we go to Belfast and an image of an impressive and deserted (almost) General Post Office. One of the two figures standing on the kerb appears to be a road sweeper a role that has long been mechanised. Oh yes and there are no dogs!
Based on the dating investigations from O Mac
, Niall McAuley
, it seems likely that this image was taken very close to when the Belfast GPO opened in 1886. And, per the link
share, we know it stood for just under 100 years - before making way for the CastleCourt shopping centre. From that linked description:
A three-storey building in Dungannon stone. Designed by James Owens of the Office of Public Works and opened in August 1886. Extended shortly after in 1896 and again in 1909. The General Post Office closed in 1985 and was demolished shortly after to make way for CastleCourt.
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: between 1880-1900
NLI Ref: L_ROY_0032
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons