Albert Memorial in Belfast at 14:25 - Now you see the horse-drawn trams!

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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1900

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Archetypal Robert French/Lawrence Collection street scene of the Albert Memorial in Belfast, complete with horse-drawn trams. I hope that you'll enjoy it for itself and its many charms, but I'm uploading it because its companion photo seems to be an example of "photoshopping" (apologies for anachronism)...

Photographer: Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios, Dublin

Date: Between 1872 (horse trams) and 1905 (electrified trams)

NLI Ref.: L_NS_02560

P.S. Managed to Flickr Mail some of you with this big KLAXON! but just wanted to let you all know that this will be my last week at the wheel of this crazy, fun, informative Flickr stream. I hope you'll all enjoy this week's photos...

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    DannyM8

    • 27/Jan/2014 10:35:19

    Very sad to hear your news. You will be missed a lot.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jan/2014 10:40:58

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you, Danny! But you should be in bed by now - it must be stupid o'clock over there in Sunny California... :)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 10:50:00

    Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 10:54:08

    After 1872, when the horse-trams started.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 11:45:41

    Electric Time Signal from Greenwich Observatory???

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    ccferrie

    • 27/Jan/2014 11:47:49

    The design of the Albert Memorial was by WJ Barre (or possibly his assistant Charles Sherry) after a competition which wasn't without controversy it seems dia.ie/works/view/55262/building/CO.+ANTRIM%2C+BELFAST%2C... Looks like it was completed in 1869

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 11:48:15

    F.M Moore, chronometer, practical watchmaker and optician &c That's from the 1861 Belfast street directory, per Lennon-Wylie

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    robinparkes

    • 27/Jan/2014 11:50:18

    The photo has been taken from several floors up in a building next to St. George's Church of Ireland and the Albert Clock hadn't started to lean. The only things left standing apart from the Albert Clock are the trees and the building to the left of it in the photo.

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    ccferrie

    • 27/Jan/2014 11:54:57

    On the 1833 OS Map, Queen's Square had yet to be reclaimed from the sea and the area was bounded by Chichester Quay & Hanover Quay

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:02:43

    In 1887, Thomas beattie was in Camberwell Street, per PRONI so after 1887.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:07:25

    In 1892, 1895, 1896, 1897 left of Beattie was McLorinan, matching this photo. But in 1899, Crawford and son (all from that PRONI link above). So, 1887-1899.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:23:51

    1890 is the only directory which lists Moore, Beattie, McLorinan and the Patriotic Assurance Company.

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    Gerry Ward

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:24:10

    ... and now the trams (horse-drawn and electric) have been replaced by buses: Albert Clock and High Street, Belfast

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:27:30

    Why have all the buildings gone except Prince Albert's thingy? Mr Hitler? IRA? Town planners? Progress?

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    robinparkes

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:28:06

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward That's priceless Gerry. Thank you for posting it.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:29:40

    Patriotic! not Patristic! See comeheretome

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    robinparkes

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:30:50

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I think mainly Mr Hitler. That area got a pasting in the blitz.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:37:06

    FM Moore of that address made the clock in the memorial!

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    Ben's Mate Bill

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:38:56

    The green building at the end of High Street in Gerry's photo is the Trade Union Congress building - during the war the site of all of these buildings was used as a fire fighting water reservoir - it can be seen here - www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6636499663/ The area was heavily bombed because of its dockyards, aircraft factory and the fact this was the city centre. www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12171020065/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jan/2014 12:42:08

    There is one older building still standing, immediately left of the clocktower.

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    ccferrie

    • 27/Jan/2014 13:10:46

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I think that may be the Northern Bank opened Summer 1852 dia.ie/works/view/47455/CO.+ANTRIM%2C+BELFAST%2C+VICTORIA...

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    ccferrie

    • 27/Jan/2014 13:12:52

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] yep www.futurebelfast.com/16-victoria-street--4-queens-square...

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    Gerry Ward

    • 27/Jan/2014 13:15:03

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Former Northern Bank Head Office, in Victoria Street, designed by Charles Lanyon and based on Sir Robert Taylor's original design for Salisbury Guildhall.

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    Vab2009

    • 27/Jan/2014 14:34:36

    Definitely Mr Hitler had the biggest effect. The empty spaces were still there in the 60s when my Dad used to take me into town. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland A very neat pair of photographs for your last week here! Hope you are moving off to some interesting research!

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 27/Jan/2014 16:56:33

    Thank you!

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    mcginley2012

    • 27/Jan/2014 17:19:21

    Onwards and upwards I hope Carol. Good luck in your next adventure. You will be missed around here.

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 27/Jan/2014 17:24:14

    Wonderful shot! I know this place well.

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    jamica1

    • 27/Jan/2014 17:30:50

    All the best to you Carol; we'll miss you.

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    Foxglove

    • 27/Jan/2014 18:23:43

    many thanks for hosting - on some days as the comments fly back and forth - you have a lot of patience :-) the tower still leans to one side !

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    AirphixTwin

    • 27/Jan/2014 23:53:38

    And it's even changed from Gerry's photo, now that the Merchant has advanced onto High Street.

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    queenjenevere

    • 08/Oct/2014 06:59:22

    magnificent photography