Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Where: 11 Whiterock Rd, Belfast BT12, UK

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Good morning everyone, the excitement is palpable, the activity is corybantic, preparations are nearing an end, only two more sleeps until the opening of our Flicker exhibition "Photo Detectives"
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Getting back to the days task, we have a very nice photo from the dead center of Belfast for your perusal, all contributions and comments welcome.

Other than puns and poetry (and confirmation that the fountain is now more flower-bed than water-feature), the main learning today was that this fountain was built by the Sun Foundry around 1880 - helping condense the likely date range quite a bit....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Possibly shortly after c.1880 (fountain built)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05567

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    M0GNM

    • 11/Sep/2017 07:31:35

    I think that's the 'City Cemetery'.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Sep/2017 07:34:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] thank you.

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    M0GNM

    • 11/Sep/2017 07:40:46

    www.geograph.ie/photo/811787

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Sep/2017 07:52:53

    Flickr is sometimes amazing ... in 2007 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/] Looks like it doesn't squirt any more and the cherubs have departed - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/garymcmurray/1030003971/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Sep/2017 07:58:02

    From this one - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323560 - the iron fountain was made in the Sun Foundry in Glasgow. But when?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Sep/2017 08:00:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] From the link above I see - The fountain was installed in 1880 by George Smith and Company of the Sun Foundry, Glasgow.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Sep/2017 08:17:09

    No particular proof, but that fountain looks brand new to me...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Sep/2017 08:42:10

    The Jaffe fountain in Belfast also came from the Sun Foundry - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/29002622913/] memorialdrinkingfountains.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/jaffe-...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Sep/2017 09:22:49

    There is a cherub holding an oar in this one in Monkstown, also from the Sun foundry: Chains, corner boys and a rookery?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Sep/2017 10:34:54

    Red Herring - If you think this fountain is fancy, check out what the Sun foundry put in Paisley in 1868 (restored 2014) - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25980138870/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Sep/2017 10:47:28

    The Belfast City Cemetery Corybantic Limerick A famous photographer, French, Had his eye on a cemetery bench. Behind was a mountain, In front a fine fountain, With cherubs enjoying a drench.

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    guliolopez

    • 11/Sep/2017 12:18:14

    As [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] mentions, the fountain looks pretty spanking new to me - so could be quite close to the 1880 opening. The people in the background intrigue me (especially the man in the top hat with the line of well-dressed kiddies). Are they on their way to/from a funeral? And/or just enjoying the environs and fountain?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Sep/2017 12:24:58

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Well done.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Sep/2017 12:28:41

    I wonder why it was turned off / filled in ?

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    O Mac

    • 11/Sep/2017 14:03:24

    The Sun Foundry fountain in the DunLaoghaires People's Park is still "squirting" www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/27379923856

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    Foxglove

    • 11/Sep/2017 19:56:35

    it gasp at a bit of it's glory as the decades pass

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    Foxglove

    • 11/Sep/2017 19:58:26

    it has lost..... etc Oh it's not " dead centre" of town it's out in the West of the falls road

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Sep/2017 21:29:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove] :) (FYI - Date and location all updated based on today's lyrical and literal inputs...)