Donegall Square South
During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the balance of commercial power in Belfast shifted southward towards the White Linen Hall, where the City Hall, 1906, now stands. Donegall Square gradually became the heart of Belfast and Donegall Square South was the first side to be developed. The area was originally known as McClean's Fields, after Adam McClean, an inn keeper's son who made his fortune as a draper and who had a fine row of terrace houses built here.
One of the most intriguing buildings stands at No.10, on the corner with Linenhall Street. Yorkshire House was built in 1863 as Jaffe Brothers' linen warehouse and it is now a stylish hotel. It has an eccentrically selected range of heads popping out of portholes between the ground floor windows. See if you can spot Newton, Shakespeare, Washington and Columbus among them.
The Scottish Temperance Buildings, facing onto Donegall Square South and Bedford Street, were built in Donegall Square South in 1904. With its dark red sandstone and high turrets, the building contains many Scottish baronial features but the effect is probably more French chateau than Scottish castle.
Nearby is May Street Presbyterian Church, a magnificent classical Georgian church that has been in continuous use since it opened in 1829. Built at a cost approaching £6500, it was designed to honour and enhance the developing town of Belfast.
Be sure to call in to the Crown Bar, 1885, on Great Victoria Street, a gem in Belfast's architectural crown. This priceless time capsule is a rare and remarkably intact survivor of the 19th century gin palaces. Its opulent interior is magnificently set off by its gas lights and gleaming brasswork and it is the ideal place to enjoy a refreshing pint.
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• Yorkshire House
• Crown BarTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Donegall Square South, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 5JD, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sir Otto Jaffe (here, next to this marker); World Wars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Living Leaves (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Temple (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Donegall Square West (about 90 meters away); Korean War Memorial (about 90 meters away); Royal Irish Rifles South African War Memorial (about 90 meters away); William James Pirrie (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . .
1. Ten Square Hotel: About Us. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Belfast City Hall History. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Visit Belfast. (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 70 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 7. submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 8. submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.