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Where: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1895

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The Grand Central Hotel in Belfast is the subject of todays image from the Lawrence Collection. This fine Royal sized plate shows great detail not only of the hotel but also of the street with its range of transport, tracks, shops and posters!

Based on our usually diligent contributors, we know that this image was likely captured after 1893 (when the Grand Central Hotel was built), but likely before 1897 (when some of the other businesses visible moved elsewhere in the city). While other buildings in this shot remain, the main building, the Grand Central Hotel was demolished before it reached its 100th birthday. After spending a turbulent time as a military barracks, it was demolished to make way for the CastleCourt Mall - which opened in the early 1990s....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Likely after 1893 (hotel built). Before 1897 (businesses visible)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04381

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    derangedlemur

    • 22/Jun/2018 07:56:07

    It was a sweaty nightclub last time I was in it.

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    derangedlemur

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:11:59

    Hmm. Based on the archiseek entry, I was in some other dubious dive with a name like Grand Central: archiseek.com/2014/1892-former-grand-central-hotel-royal-...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:18:35

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Central_Hotel_Belfast "The first opened in 1893 and was converted to a military barracks in 1972, before being demolished in the late 1980s. ..." "One of the most bombarded hotels in the world, it was attacked more than 150 times by the Provisional IRA and other groups." So earliest date 1893 ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:20:42

    Streetview. The building at left is now a H&M, the Hotel is now Castle Court glass mall.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:23:39

    Tram tracks, but no electrification: before 1905.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:28:47

    Slightly clearer and closer, same day? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322434

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:33:15

    At left I see Olley, Carswell in Queen's Buildings, Anderson Bros (Umbrella manufacturers) on the corner, then a boot shop (maybe Ryan Bros), then a Hat shop, then the Hotel entrance, then, illegible something like SHE & CO. On the beachcomber's closer pic, it is Thistle & Co., and the boot shop is Boyd Bros.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:44:04

    "Jackson's Famous 3/9 Hats. All one price" From the other photo Ed. That sounds really cheap, but the MeasuringWorth site calculates it is about £18.23 in current prices.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:44:35

    Street directories at Lennon-Wylie: Olley there in 1901, but not Carswell. Carswell is in the 1890 directory at #14 (and Olley at #10) OK, by 1901 Carswell is at 35-39 Queen St., so we are before 1901.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 08:57:14

    Looking at PRONI directories, Carswell are on Queen street in 1899. Royal Avenue in 1897. So we are before 1899.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:11:24

    In 1897 I see: Olley #8, Carswell #10, #12 Vacant, #14 Boyd, #16 Jackson, Grand Central Hotel, #20 M'Chesney Jeweller,, #22 McKinley tobacconist, #24 Reid outfitters. No Thistle.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:13:54

    Anderson Bros Umbrellas are not in the 1892 at all, but are on Royal Ave in 1895, gone by 1897. So we are before 1897.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:14:46

    Since their shop is vacant in the 1897, I'd say we are very close - 1896ish.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:27:41

    In the other photo there is a DOG in Anderson's doorway: in this one, no dog but a PUDDLE ! Betting this photo is slightly later !

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:41:38

    In 1895 we have Olley, Carswell, Anderson, Boyd, Jackson, Hotel, vacant, Bingham, Reid, Thistle.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:43:24

    In the other photo, i can see Bingham on a small sign in the shop window beyond the hotel.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Jun/2018 09:44:50

    Reverse view, focussed on the Post Office, but with the unfinished Hotel beyond: G.P.O. Belfast

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 22/Jun/2018 20:49:25

    demolished? what a loss

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    domenico milella

    • 25/Jun/2018 07:35:22

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jun/2018 19:34:21

    A belated thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia and everyone! (Was enjoying the unseasonable weather of late!) Have since deigned to venture indoors - and updated the map, tags, date and description :)

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    G.I N.I

    • 25/Jun/2018 20:45:30

    Will be posting some interor shots circa 1942/ 1943 next week: www.flickr.com/photos/usani4245/42930532502/in/dateposted/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 26/Jun/2018 08:26:39

    Oooh - Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/usani4245 - Can't wait!