#Great Place North Belfast

Great Place North Belfast is a project of the North Belfast Heritage Cluster. It uses the unique built heritage and authentic character to deliver and support regeneration in this part of north Belfast. Working with fifteen heritage organisations the project features their historic buildings and sites stretching for one mile along Donegall Street, Clifton Street, the Crumlin Road and part of the Antrim Road.

North Belfast Heritage Cluster Members

The North Belfast Heritage Cluster aims to deliver heritage led regeneration through making use of the area’s authentic character to support economic and social development.

Belfast Cathedral

Donegal Street

Redeemer Central / Donegall Street Congregational Church

Donegal Street

St Patrick’s Church & Parochial House

Donegal Street

Frederick Street Quaker Meeting House

Frederick Street

Belfast Charitable Society - Clifton House

Clifton Street

Belfast Charitable Society: Clifton Street Cemetery

Clifton Street

Recent Projects

Great Place/ Great People: William Drennan

Drennan was born in Rosemary Street, Belfast in 1754 to an important Presbyterian family; his father was the Presbyterian Minister and political reformist Thomas Drennan. William followed in his father’s early footsteps by pursuing a medical degree in Scotland. Upon his return from Edinburgh University, William moved to Newry in 1872 to open his own […]

Great Place/ Great People: Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell was born into a strongly nationalist family in Belfast, in 1879. Campbell attended school at St Malachy’s College in North Belfast where he exhibited a natural flair for English. However, after leaving school he became an apprentice to his father, as a road-building contractor. A ‘nervous illness’ that lasted a number of years […]

A King comes to Belfast!

Yesterday, the 13th of September, Belfast welcomed a royal visitor in the form of the newly crowned King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla. Following their visit to the Royal Residence in Northern Ireland, at Hillsborough Castle, the couple made their way to St Annes Cathedral. Here, a memorial service for the late Queen Elizabeth took […]

Great Place Great People: William Bristow

  Reverend William Bristow was born in 1736 in Wiltshire, England but later made his name in Belfast. Bristow was an Anglican minister and the Vicar of St Anne’s Cathedral between 1772-1808. He was also elected as the Lord Mayor of Belfast between 1786–88, 1790–96, and 1798. As a result of these roles, Bristow became one […]

Inside St Patrick’s archives

Behind the doors of St Patrick’s archive is a wealth of historical materials and documents relating to the Church and Parish. From paper documents like St Patricks school registers and local maps to some slightly more ornate objects… A Monstrance is a vessel in which the consecrated host is held in the Catholic Church. The […]

Great Place/ Great People: John Lavery

Lavery was born into the parish of St Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street and was baptised there in 1856. Lavery’s father, Henry, was a spirit merchant nearby, he unfortunately died in 1859 after the Pomona boat he was aboard (sailing from Liverpool to New York) capsized off the Irish coast. Henry was never able to fulfill […]

Great Place/ Great People: John Hewitt

Hewitt was a poet and political radical born in Cliftonpark Avenue, North Belfast in 1907. As a student at Methodist College Belfast, Hewitt expressed a keen interest in poetry from an early age. Aged 17, in 1924, Hewitt is thought to have written more than 600 poems in one day! He would later go on […]

Working as an archivist in heritage

For many people interested in humanities, and history more specifically, it can seem unfeasible to turn that passion into a career. Often, our school years have encouraged us to pursue more ‘practical’ or ‘commercial’ subjects. The archivist team at Great Place North Belfast are incredibly grateful to be working in their area of interest. We […]

EHOD Heritage Walking Tour: A Social History of Belfast

As part of European Heritage Open Day, the Great Place North Belfast project will again run their popular walking tour. This tour will showcase the unique heritage of inner north Belfast and tell the stories about the hidden histories behind the various buildings.  Starting at St Anne’s Cathedral and finishing at St Malachy’s College, you […]

Six x Six: Fredrick Street Quaker Meeting House

As part of the ‘Look North: North Belfast Festival’, six video interviews were recorded, each 6 minutes long, featuring six of the Cluster Member buildings. In this interview, Pleasaunce Perry discusses the evolution of the Fredrick Street Quaker Meeting House with Paula Reynolds, chief executive of the Belfast Charitable Society. From its development in 1810, […]

Six x Six: Indian Community Centre

As part of the ‘Look North: North Belfast Festival’, six video interviews were recorded, each 6 minutes long, featuring six of the Cluster Member buildings. In this interview Paula Reynolds, chief executive of the Belfast Charitable Society talks with Dr Satyavir Singhal, chairman of the Indian Community Centre. The interview takes place in a room […]

Six x Six: St Patrick’s Church

As part of the ‘Look North: North Belfast Festival’, six video interviews were recorded, each 6 minutes long, featuring six of the Cluster Member buildings. Father Eugene O’Neill and Paula Reynolds, Chief Executive of the Belfast Charitable Society, explore the long history of St Patrick’s Church. A Church has been located on the site since […]

Bowling at the North Belfast Working Men’s Club

Much of Belfast’s identity has been shaped around its heavy industry, in shipmaking and linen for example. As large sources of employment, the trades soon came to define the working population of Belfast’s increasingly urban centre. The heavy burden workers carried upholding Belfast development in industry often left them little time for recreation. Working Men’s […]

Six x Six: North Belfast Working Men’s Club

As part of the ‘Look North: North Belfast Festival’, six video interviews were recorded, each 6 minutes long, featuring six of the Cluster Member buildings. In this video, Chief Executive of the Belfast Charitable Society, Paula Reynolds, sits down with Rev Colin Hall-Thompson from the North Belfast Working Men’s Club. Together, they discuss the development […]

Duncairn Arts Centre Seed Fund

The Duncairn Arts Centre has been the most recent recipient of funding from Great Place North Belfast’s Seed Fund. The project brings green space into the complex of the former Church buildings, including a Peace Tree. The significance of this development cannot be understated. Bringing green space to the Duncairn enhances its curb appeal to […]

Six x Six: Duncairn Arts Centre/174 Trust

As part of the ‘Look North: North Belfast Festival’, six video interviews were recorded, each 6 minutes long, featuring six of the Cluster member buildings. Once again, this Six x Six interview is led by Chief Executive of the Belfast Charitable Society, Paula Reynolds. She interviews Rev. Bill Shaw, director of the 174 Trust, a […]

Six x Six: Belfast Orange Hall

As part of the first Look North: North Belfast Festival, six video interviews were recorded, each 6 minutes long, featuring six of the Cluster member buildings. This Six x Six interview between Paula Reynolds, Chief Executive of the Belfast Charitable Society, and Frank McDowell of the Belfast Orange Hall on Clifton Street, covers the history […]

A Street Through Time: Clifton Street Cemetery

In 1776 the original St Anne’s Parish Church opened for worship, sitting were Belfast Cathedral now stands, however burials in the town continued to take place at the old Corporation Church (now St George’s Church, High Street). However, the Corporation Graveyard was nearing capacity and so the innovative member of the Belfast Charitable Society decided […]

A Street Through Time: Clifton House

In 1752, 19 leading members of the emerging Belfast mercantile class formed the Belfast Charitable Society. The gentlemen were concerned for the welfare of Belfast’s poor, with little-to-no existing framework for their care. The charity aimed to provide the necessary provisions to alleviate some of the worst poverty in Belfast. After a fundraising campaign from […]

A Street Through Time: Belfast Mercantile Academy

In 1854 schoolmaster John Pyper established his namesake ‘Pyper Academy’ in Belfast. Pyper was a vocal member of the North Belfast community in his advocation of total abstinence and involvement in the Temperance League. Throughout his life, Pyper gave numerous addresses on the subject.[1] Pyper’s son James became Headmaster of the Academy in 1867 and oversaw […]