This fine old building looks neglected and abandoned all those years ago, is it even there now?
And the short answer is: yes - it's Assembly's College
(now part of Queens University Belfast
The longer answer, with particular thanks to [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]
, and additional contributions from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley]
is that this image may have been taken relatively early in the 1860-1883 catalogue range. Possibly as part of a series which captured a number of buildings by Charles Lanyon
around Belfast. Some of which we've visited recently
. Some solid arguments for date and impetus behind the likely commission in the comments below...
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1860 - 1883 (and possibly in the first decade of the range)
NLI Ref: STP_0438
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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