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A Nostalgic Look Back at Belfast’s Donegall Square

Situated in the centre of the city, you’ll find Belfast’s bustling Donegall Square. Along with a multitude of other streets in the city, the iconic area is named after the Donegall family.

Each side of the square is named after its geographical location (Donegall North, South, East and West). Home to a number of exquisite buildings and top department stores throughout the years, Donegall Square holds a special place in the hearts of local people.

And with such a fascinating history to look back on, why not join us on a nostalgic step back in time?

Belfast History: Donegall Square

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Residential houses of Donegall Square either side of Donegall Square Methodist Church (now the head office of the Ulster Bank)
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Residential houses of Donegall Square East
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The Jaffe Brothers’ linen warehouse, Donegall Square South
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Donegall Square North. Though the tramway system was electrified in 1906, horse trams continued well into the 20th century
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Donegall Square North, Easter Tuesday (1912)
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Donegall Square North during the World War 1 era
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Donegall Square North during the wartime, featuring the old underground toilets
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Belfast’s Titanic Memorial in its original location (centre of Donegall Square North)
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Excavation work taking place on the grounds of City Hall (1925)
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Donegall Square’s City Hall in the 1930s, captured from Wellington Street
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Workmen replace the glass of Robinson & Cleaver during the war years of 1940-45
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Harry Ferguson’s Car Showroom on Donegall Square East (1940s)
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Staff of Robert Hogg & Co gather on Donegall Square West
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Basement display of Robert Hogg & Co, Donegall Square West
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Robinson & Cleaver department store, Donegall Square North
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Aerial Shot of Donegall Square North 1950
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Linenhall Library looking out over Donegall Square West
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Donegall Sq North (circa late 1960s/early 70s)
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Trolley buses Donegall Square North (1963)

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Staff gather on the Robinson and Cleaver staircase on the last day of trading (1984)

We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the history of Donegall Square. Each of the images were sourced from the wonderful Belfast History Project group.

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