15 Incredible Then-and-Now Photos Show Street Scenes of Belfast in the Past

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Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. It is the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second-largest on the island of Ireland.

By the early 19th century, Belfast became a major port. Shipbuilding was a key industry; the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which built the RMS Titanic, was the world’s biggest shipyard.

Belfast is still a port with commercial and industrial docks, including the Harland and Wolff shipyard, dominating the Belfast Lough shoreline. It is a Gamma global city in 2018.

These incredible then-and-now photos from Public Record Office of Northern Ireland that give you a step into the past of Belfast.

Cromac Square/Cromac Place, Belfast (12th December 2014 & 11th February 1915)

Bank Street, leading to Chappel Lane, Belfast, with Kelly’s Wine & Spirit Store in the foreground (now Kelly’s Cellars) and St Mary’s Church in the background (19th April 1915 & 22nd April 2015)

Bedford Street, Belfast, showing the Ulster Hall (circa 1890s & April 2019)

Belfast City Hall (1914 & 17th December 2014)

Belfast City Hall seen from Donegal Place (circa 1890s & April 2015)

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