Belfast Castle, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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From one great rock (that caught the Dunbrody) to another which anchors Belfast Castle.

With thanks to all our contributors below, we've learned a little more about the 19th century design and construction of Belfast Castle - and had our interest piqued by the left-field reference which Sharon notes in the Dictionary of Irish Architects:


 Name [architect]: LANYON, LYNN & LANYON
 Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELFAST CASTLE
 Date: 1868-70
 Nature: New Scottish Baronial house on slope of Cave Hill by John Lanyon, for Marquess of Donegall. Faced with Cookstown stone with white Scottish stone dressings.
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 Name [architect]: SEAVER, HENRY
 Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELFAST CASTLE
 Date: 1922a
 Nature: HS [Henry Seaver] said to have 'waved his Prospero's wand' over Belfast Castle.



Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between ca. 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_0524

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Swordscookie

    • 29/Sep/2015 07:07:24

    That's a beauty! Is that the famous Cave Hill in the background?

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    robinparkes

    • 29/Sep/2015 07:21:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie It surely is Sean. The promontory is locally known as 'Napoleon's Nose' for obvious reasons. The castle is as lovely now as it was then.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Sep/2015 07:26:38

    There's no streetview from a similar angle, but there is a photosphere nearby (though wongly placed on the map.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Sep/2015 07:29:20

    The DIA calls it a "New Scottish Baronial house on slope of Cave Hill by John Lanyon, for Marquess of Donegall. Faced with Cookstown stone with white Scottish stone dressings. Note in B of I files says castle was completed 1870; also lodge." I'm fascinated by the entry in 1922 where "H[enry] S[eaver] said to have 'waved his Prospero's wand' over Belfast Castle."...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Sep/2015 08:11:25

    Bing bird's eye view

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    Bwana_Samaki

    • 29/Sep/2015 08:49:35

    Which links neatly to your recent picture of Castle Place where the Donegall's castle originally stood

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    guliolopez

    • 29/Sep/2015 19:11:37

    We've come across work by architects Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon previously - notably the similar Scottish baronial style Blarney House which dates from a few years later: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/16579962829/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Sep/2015 19:21:23

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] for the detail from the DIA entry. We spotted that entry too - nothing like a Shakespearean reference (however left-field) to peak our interest here at library towers :) It's interesting that many of the works attributed in the DIA to Henry Seaver use the same phrase...

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    O Mac

    • 29/Sep/2015 20:51:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Who/What does the WR&S on the plate stand for? Regards.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Sep/2015 07:25:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] William Ritchie and Sons. of 24 Elder Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. London Office: 34 Ludgate Hill, EC4. (1922) of Elder Street, Edinburgh. Telephone: 27281. Cables: "Reliable, Edinburgh". (1929) Ditto address and telephone. Cables: "Reliable". London showroom: 1 Hatton Garden. (1947) 1857 William Ritchie became a Photographic Society of Scotland (PSS) member. 1858 He exhibited 7 photographs to the PSS Exhibition. 1865 He became an Edinburgh Photographic Society member in 1865. 1892 William Ritchie and Sons Ltd were Wholesale Stationers and Printers from 1892. At various dates from 1892 until 1958, W. Ritchie and Sons were also: - Fancy Goods Importers - Publishers of Picture Post-cards and Christmas Cards - Specialists in Leather Goods Are Eason copying this photo?

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    nannyjean35

    • 08/Oct/2015 18:16:09

    very beautiful building