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Where: N Ireland, Fermanagh and Omagh, UK

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Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_0941

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    O Mac

    • 14/May/2020 08:15:15

    Belleeeeeeek .. maps.app.goo.gl/mB2cGkKZMhpjEdYz6 We've been here before.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/May/2020 08:17:21

    Belleek Pottery https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/24239038740

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/May/2020 08:25:29

    Looking across a future border

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/May/2020 08:37:09

    Ok we know its Belleek, but what do we know about the pottery and the Town itself? It is built on a very strategic crossing point.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/May/2020 08:48:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Here is the company history. It was founded by John Caldwell Bloomfield, who inherited the land in 1849, and was looking for something with which to employ people after the famine. There’s some info as well from our last outing here - particularly dating info.

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    cargeofg

    • 14/May/2020 09:19:20

    In the company history David Mc Birney Dublin merchant. I would take it he is the same person along with Robert Collis who founded Mc Birneys on Aston Quay.

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    Foxglove

    • 14/May/2020 09:22:27

    once stayed in Belleek for a week..... never finished the proto limerick.. my family had a growing collection of Belleek pottery as it was used for sporty prize givings , big sales in the USA too. last time I was in Belleek the factory flew an enormous "stars and stripes"

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/May/2020 09:29:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove I have seen some of the products on the Antiques Roadshow, if I remember correctly similar designs are worth more or less depending on the date stamp (?) originally applier by the Pottery.

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    cargeofg

    • 14/May/2020 09:35:50

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove From what my mother told me the earlier marks were black and later ones green. Black Belleek as she called it was more valuable.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/May/2020 09:35:52

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] The website has a Date your Belleek section with the datestamps.

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    cargeofg

    • 14/May/2020 09:38:51

    www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/100627372908865986/Belleek marks and date ranges

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/May/2020 09:42:28

    The updated website also has a Date your Belleek section, with the one from 2019 present.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/May/2020 09:51:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Very interesting, I wonder did the creator of the 1st mark realise that it would make the original pieces more valuable as time marched on.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/May/2020 11:21:26

    Something spooky about this one. Maybe because there are no humans around - not even a photographic assistant lurking in the shrubbery.

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    O Mac

    • 14/May/2020 15:31:52

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ What does a Lough Erne?

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/May/2020 15:53:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove My only visit to the pottery was something of a surreal experience. Pushing the buggy down the main shopping street with armed soldiers dodging from doorway to doorway while everyone else ignoring them.

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    Foxglove

    • 14/May/2020 16:47:33

    I had a similar experience, I was brief with my limerick story. when "P" checked by a jittery patrol in the early 80s they did not appreciate my rhyming answers ...... 😀

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    jggy2003

    • 15/May/2020 16:03:54

    There were rapids between the bridge and Ballyshannon. They were filled in by the hydro electric scheme at Ballyshannon. That bridge has been replaced. The pottery was once the only manafacturing project in South Fermanagh.. The late Bishop Edward Daly, former bishop of Derry was from Belleek.