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Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Donegall Square South

City Centre

 
 
Donegall Square South Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
1. Donegall Square South Marker
Inscription.  

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.

The

Donegall Square South Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
2. Donegall Square South Marker
Yorkshire House (now Ten Square Hotel) in background
City Hall is of course a 'must-see' historic landmark and there are regular guided tours. Other sights of interest within this area include the Linen Hall Library on Donegall Square North. Founded in 1788, this is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. It houses one of the most renowned collections of Irish material in the world.

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.

[Illustration captions, from top to bottom, read]
Yorkshire House

Crown Bar

Scottish Temperance Building
 
Erected by the City of Belfast.
 
Location. 54° 35.755′ N, 5° 55.809′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. Marker is at the intersection of

Howard Street - Humboldt Bust image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Howard Street - Humboldt Bust
Donegall Square South (Northern Ireland Route A1) and Linenhall Street, on the left when traveling west on Donegall Square South. Touch 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. The Crown Bar, Belfast. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Visit Belfast. (Submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made Features
 
Howard Street - Jacquard image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Howard Street - Jacquard
Howard Street - Moore image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Howard Street - Moore
Howard Street - Newton image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Howard Street - Newton
Belfast City Hall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 12, 2019
7. Belfast City Hall
South elevation, view from near marker
The Crown Bar image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
8. The Crown Bar
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. 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.
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