Great Place/ Great People: William Drennan

Great Place/ Great People: William Drennan

Portrait of 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...
Great Place Great People: William Bristow

Great Place Great People: William Bristow

The church of Rev. William Bristow, St Anne’s Cathderal   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...
Great Place/ Great People: John Hewitt

Great Place/ Great People: John Hewitt

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...
A Street Through Time: Clifton House

A Street Through Time: Clifton House

Clifton House on map of Clifton Street 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...
Christmas in the Poor House

Christmas in the Poor House

Today’s blog post will explore the history of Clifton House, its occupants and how Christmas celebrations changed throughout the years both within and outside the walls! Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752 with the aim to open a Poor House and Infirmary....