Didn't we have a lovely time, the day we went to Bangor? (Though that was the Welsh Bangor)

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When: 01 January 1900

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Blurring's usually a bad thing, but not here at the Children's Corner of the beach at Bangor in Co. Down, as it shows what a good time was being had by all…

Date: Circa 1900??

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_06008

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Jul/2013 07:57:42

    Well, it's gone now: archiseek.com/2012/grand-hotel-bangor-co-down/#.Ud5lWm3fKZQ

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Jul/2013 08:10:13

    And here's the OS map: Bangor Quay St

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Jul/2013 08:16:33

    Ah! beachcombing ... a life not wasted. There's some discussion (and hilarious comments) over on YouTube about which Bangor the song was about. Evidently inspired by a trip to Rhyl in north Wales, but that didn't rhyme - youtu.be/T8WiPy1xSkw.

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    ccferrie

    • 11/Jul/2013 08:36:04

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] But all the other buildings have survived (apart from the bandstand)

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    PaganTree

    • 11/Jul/2013 09:13:41

    Any O'Dea photos in the Pipeline NLI? :)

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    Vab2009

    • 11/Jul/2013 09:42:08

    I have 65 year old photos of my husband and his siblings on that piece of sand with their backs to the wall. It is all carpark and marina now.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Jul/2013 10:02:32

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Yes! Tune in to this Bat Channel next week... :)

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    ccferrie

    • 11/Jul/2013 12:11:09

    The McKee Clock Tower, constructed 1915, now stands on the site of the bandstand. Doesn't really help with the dating unfortunately.

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    ccferrie

    • 11/Jul/2013 12:20:53

    Thomas Matthews, Coal Merchant is in both 1901 and 1911 censuses at Seacliffe Road

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 11/Jul/2013 12:44:26

    Definitely not Bangor Maine. Great photo!

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    Vab2009

    • 11/Jul/2013 12:58:53

    According to my Bangor Gazateer the double gabled building with Pimms on it was built in 1895.

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    Vab2009

    • 11/Jul/2013 13:09:43

    And the building which houses Mathews Coal merchant (No 6 Quay street - 4 story single bay building) was built in 1900 and by 1910 had the Peveril House Hotel in it, and became the Rockview hotel in 1920. So this is post 1900 but pre-1910?

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    Cuddly Nutter

    • 11/Jul/2013 13:10:32

    Victoria Restaurant is still serving up food as a chippy.

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    robinparkes

    • 11/Jul/2013 13:42:07

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] You're quite right. The song is about Bangor in Wales. I must take a copy of the photo and try to replicate it.

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    mrrobertwade (wadey)

    • 11/Jul/2013 14:30:13

    It would be a fair assumption to make that the song was inspired by a day trip the song's writer, Whitstable Folk Club regular Debbie Cook, made to the North Welsh coastal town of Bangor. However, "Daytrip's" origins actually lay in a visit Cook made to Rhyl, a seaside resort 35 miles east of Bangor. Fiddle and concertina player Ian Telfer explained to Mojo magazine January 2010 that Bangor was chosen as it slipped off the tongue easier: "She was originally thinking of Rhyl, the resort, not Bangor," he said. "But clearly Rhyl has got no scan. The mayor of Bangor was a bit perplexed when it was a hit, but they were quite happy to accept the publicity." Debbie Cook went on to become a successful scriptwriter penning scripts for The Archers and EastEnders. www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21792

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    mrrobertwade (wadey)

    • 11/Jul/2013 14:45:47

    You might like this photo www.geograph.org.uk/photo/497947

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    robinparkes

    • 11/Jul/2013 15:10:21

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossendalewadey] I remember it well. I blew 10/- in there on a Sunday school trip.

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Jul/2013 15:33:40

    Dogs - good

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    ccferrie

    • 11/Jul/2013 16:27:40

    The Mrs Arthur Hill Coates Memorial Fountain was made by Walter Macfarlane & Co of Glasgow who also made the canopy for the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and this very similar fountain in Glasgow

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    ccferrie

    • 11/Jul/2013 16:30:54

    Here's a recent pic of the Coates fountain - not restored to the same standard as the Glasgow one unfortunately. They could start by getting rid of the bushes around it maps.google.com/maps?q=bangor+down&hl=en&ll=54.66...

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    O Mac

    • 11/Jul/2013 19:43:50

    Walter Macfarlane & Co also made the DunLaoghaire(Kingstown) Fountain [http://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/7939499664/]

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    ccferrie

    • 11/Jul/2013 21:03:10

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Nice! They really should do something about the Bangor one - it's lost in there behind the bushes and the white paint does nothing for it.

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 11/Jul/2013 23:11:59

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful life capture in historic Ireland!!! Wishing you a blessed week my friend... Hugs from Texas!!!

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    mrrobertwade (wadey)

    • 12/Jul/2013 08:47:40

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Isn't it funny how things stay with you, my brother frittered all his holiday money in Corrigans at Scarborough !

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 12/Jul/2013 10:29:27

    It's a fantastic shot! Headless girls, disappearing g bys and a DOG! What more could one ask for?

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    excellentzebu1050

    • 14/Jul/2013 20:33:10

    Excellent picture !

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    ~Charlie Mac ~

    • 17/Jul/2013 01:48:33

    that is really nice. I wonder if some of those buildings survived demolition

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    bill_cardwell

    • 13/Aug/2013 12:38:51

    The courthouse has recently closed and Bangor people are wondering what will happen to it. Suggestions include a theatre - something Bangor lacks.

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    olivier.jeannin

    • 18/Dec/2013 22:07:01

    Superb, this is wonderful!

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    POSTMAN 64

    • 05/Nov/2014 13:36:54

    Its Bangor Co. Down long before Marina built

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Aug/2016 14:34:53

    I have just added this photo to our 50,000+ Views Album. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037]