The Ulster Hall is perhaps the best known building on Bedford Street. For almost 150 years, it has brought spectacle and delight to the people of Belfast. When the Ulster Hall opened in 1862, it was intended as a multi-purpose venue and space was allowed for an organ. A former Lord Mayor, Mr Andrew Mulholland, duly presented one to the people of Belfast and it remains one of the oldest and finest examples of classical English organ-building being played today.
Bedford Street was first developed in the 1850s for linen warehouses. One of these stands opposite Ulster Hall at No. 17, Ewart’s Warehouse, formerly Bedford Street Weaving Factory. This fine but now derelict three storey warehouse of warm brown sandstone was built in a Venetian style by the Glasgow architect James Hamilton. The building has a corner entrance with a circular hall marked by a copper dome.
Take time to look down the long avenue of Clarence Street towards St. Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church. This fine castellated Elizabeth-Gothic style church looks like a transplanted Tudor castle. Its studded doors open onto an incredible interior with an impressive gallery.
The British Broadcasting Corporation began its Northern Ireland operations in 1924 from a disused linen warehouse on Linenhall Street. BBC Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue was designed by James Millar of Glasgow in 1936 and opened in 1941. Its imposing Neo-Georgian overtones are typical of this era.
The Ormeau Avenue Public Baths building provides an interesting slice of social history. Dating from around 1888, it was built at a time when most working class homes in Belfast had neither hot water nor baths. The Baths provided two swimming ponds, as they were then called, and 36 private baths. In 1995, following a period of dereliction, the building re-opened as the Ormeau Baths Gallery (OBG), one of the most significant arenas for public art in Northern Ireland and a showcase for the best of Northern Irish contemporary art.
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• Ulster Hall
• St Malachy’s ChurchTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 8HQ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. BBC Broadcasting House (a few steps from this marker); Ulster Hall (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Great Victoria Street (about 210 meters away); Crown Bar (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Great Victoria Street Station (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sir Otto Jaffe (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Donegall Square South (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . .
1. Saint Malachy's Parish, Belfast. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. BBC Northern Ireland. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Ormeau Baths at Facebook. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.