GNR [i.e. Great Northern Railway] Station, Belfast

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Where: 32-46 Great Victoria St, Belfast BT12 5EG, UK

When: Unknown

For such an important city on the island this station looks somewhat modest and unassuming, not quite what one might expect for so fine a city as Belfast. There is certainly plenty of activity there however, with comings and goings (though I have yet to spot a dog!) A virtual left-over Easter Egg to the one who can identify an Easter Bunny chaser!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Perhaps c.1905 (electric tram lines)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_03861

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:08:30

    All gone now due to development (or vandalism, depending on your point of view).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:10:50

    Streetview

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:12:46

    IF, you think this is "modest", then you should see Hobart International Airport.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:13:48

    There was also York Street station: Hair Cut for thruppence And Queen's Quay to the East.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:22:10

    The clock is by SD Neill: Sharman & Neill brush gold ornaments & Antique models. Jeweller/Diamond Merchants, Belfast. Standard Life above shop.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:30:56

    At left is a poster for an Excursion to Newcastle (FAST SPECIAL TRAIN!) on a Wednesday in June, but is it 20th? 30th?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:35:27

    30th was a Wednesday in 1880, 86, 98.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:41:02

    There is another poster for the Annesley Arms Hotel.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:49:41

    This Facebook page suggests the hotel was so named from 1860 through 1900, no help.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 08:55:57

    A poster makes reference to Great Northern Hotels Rostrevor Warrenpoint. When researching Rostrevor long ago, we concluded that the hotel below was the Mourne Hotel, taken over and renamed the great Northern Hotel in the 1890s, which suggests the later date here: Keeping up with the Jones's?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 09:01:00

    In comments under another rostrevor shot [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] wrote: Belfast News-letter March 8th 1898 It is stated that the Mourne Hotel, Rostrevor, has been sold to the Great Northern Railway Company for the sum of £14,000, and that it is the intention of the purchasers to expend a large sum of money in improving the hotel.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 09:06:59

    I think we are looking at 1898, in June.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 09:08:10

    Although if the poster says June 20th, it would be 1900...

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    Gerry Ward

    • 18/Apr/2017 10:12:52

    It is post-Dec 1905 - the trams have been electrified.

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    O Mac

    • 18/Apr/2017 10:51:16

    1909

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 11:00:19

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward] D'oh!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 18/Apr/2017 12:24:47

    modest indeed. Most of our railway stations here look like barns compared to this.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 18/Apr/2017 12:54:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward] Hi Gerry, I have not seen you here for a long time! You are very welcome and good to see you back - if you were away?

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    M0GNM

    • 18/Apr/2017 16:13:36

    It seemed very impressive when I was a kid. Does anybody else remember the cut-away model of a steam engine in a glass case, that came to life when you put a penny (old money) in the slot?

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    M0GNM

    • 18/Apr/2017 16:34:23

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Yes, Queen's Quay station was the terminus for the Belfast and County Down Railway with services to Newcastle, Downpatrick and Bangor. The Downpatrick/Newcastle services were stopped but the famous 'Holywood Arches' which carried the line, remained for quite some time before they were removed to leave just the supports. Nearby there is a memorial to CS Lewis who's father was Rector of St Mark's Dundela on the Holywood Road. www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186470-d4340031-... When I lived in Sydenham we used to take the train from Sydenham Station to Bangor for a day at the seaside. The station is just across the road from Belfast City Airport and Victoria Park where we played.

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    Gerry Ward

    • 20/Apr/2017 12:17:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I wasn't away - just taking a break!