Ghostly Tram on Bedford Street

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Where: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1890

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Love this one for the gorgeous ghostly tram moving along Bedford Street in Belfast, and if that child conveying device at the right isn't a perambulator, I don't know what is...

The building on the left with the impressive canopy is actually the Ulster Hall, and the notice outside may make it slightly easier to date this one: "Monday. Popular Concert Postponed".

Fantastic building identification by Gerry Ward:
"What is amazing about this photograph (amazing by Belfast standards) is that all buildings shown are still extant! On the left is Bryson House (1865) by WJ Barre, a former linen warehouse, next is the Ulster Hall (1862) also by WJ Barre. The cast iron verandah was added by WH Lynn in 1882, but was removed following severe bomb damage in 1992. Further along is the Workman Warehouse (c1865). This building was badly damaged in a 1975 bomb blast, but was repaired and is now rendered. Then there is a warehouse (1870) which is triangular and has elevations on Clarence Street, Linenhall Street West and Bedford Street. On the right of the photo, where the children are standing, as Niall rightly identifies, is Ewart's Warehouse (1869) by James Hamilton."

Date: Circa 1890??

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_02388

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Abaraphobia

    • 08/Mar/2012 09:13:31

    Some great details- I love the little ghostly legs in front of the doorway on the left; and the girl picking her nose on the right!! ;)

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    Rienk Mebius

    • 08/Mar/2012 09:15:33

    Today's look is a bit different. Streetview.

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    crack jackson jr

    • 08/Mar/2012 09:19:21

    stunning

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2012 09:52:35

    There were horse drawn trams in Belfast from 1872 to 1905. The pillars on the right are the 1867 Ewart's Warehouse

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    debcronem

    • 08/Mar/2012 11:03:36

    that's really a great picture!

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    Brian Mulligan.me

    • 08/Mar/2012 11:37:01

    Crackin picture!

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    Swordscookie

    • 08/Mar/2012 11:44:58

    Looking at then and now the street is so empty??? Apart from the distant tram there is no traffic and I suspect that there is some horse droppings but nothing to show that this was the centre of a thriving metropolis!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Mar/2012 11:56:23

    Reverse angle here: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334739/Image?lookfor=http:...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Mar/2012 13:07:55

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/abaraphobia Her mother would have been so proud if she knew that nasal excavation was captured for all eternity!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Mar/2012 13:10:46

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/rienkmebius] Very different! But the refurb was obviously finished since the Streetview vans rolled down Bedford Street, as the Ulster Hall is very definitely up and entertaining again...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Mar/2012 13:11:58

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley So 1890 may not be too far off the mark then.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Mar/2012 13:16:55

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley And not a hell of a lot busier in that shot either... http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie

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    John Spooner

    • 09/Mar/2012 21:58:42

    I've looked through the Belfast Newsletter from 1885 onwards for postponed Popular Concerts. I've found loads of adverts for the concerts, and loads of events postponed, even a Saturday Popular Concert postponed, and on another occasion a letter from the manager explaining why he hadn't postponed the concert, but no postponed Monday Popular Concerts.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Mar/2012 12:13:26

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner So postponed concerts were unfortunately a regular occurrence, then. Thanks for trying anyway!

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    Gerry Ward

    • 11/Mar/2012 17:58:23

    What is amazing about this photograph (amazing by Belfast standards) is that all buildings shown are still extant! On the left is Bryson House (1865) by WJ Barre, a former linen warehouse, next is the Ulster Hall (1862) also by WJ Barre. The cast iron verandah was added by WH Lynn in 1882, but was removed following severe bomb damage in 1992. Further along is the Workman Warehouse (c1865). This building was badly damaged in a 1975 bomb blast, but was repaired and is now rendered. Then there is a warehouse (1870) which is triangular and has elevations on Clarence Street, Linenhall Street West and Bedford Street. On the right of the photo, where the children are standing, as Niall rightly identifies, is Ewart’s Warehouse (1869) by James Hamilton.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Mar/2012 18:18:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward This is brilliant, Gerry, thank you! I've added all of your information above and to our tags...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Mar/2012 16:04:00

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks for the links.

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    Thea Prum

    • 23/Jul/2019 02:42:59

    Very good