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Godkin & Walker 1871 - Belfast Imperial Hotel - Wikimedia.org Public Domain
Godkin & Walker 1871 – Belfast Imperial Hotel – Wikimedia.org Public Domain
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What is BelfastEntries.com

Belfastentries.com is a husband & wife hobby website built to provide information on the people, places, products and other stories of interest in Belfast and further afield.

We originally planned this website as a post-retirement hobby but brought forward our plans during the Covid lockdown in 2020. As we were confined us to our house, we started to look into local history, places to visit, interesting people & stories that may be of interest to readers at home and abroad. (As of June 2023 we are both retired).

We are not historians and the intention is not to produce a dry history. The history books tell the big stories – we’ll leave them to it. Instead we will look at the smaller stories impacting the everyday lives of our ancestors, our towns & villages and the famous and forgotten folk who tried to help those in need. Hopefully the posts will be of interest to all readers, home and abroad as we learn and share information on our past..

Please note that, although the website will occasionally cover historical figures and turbulent times, it is not a website about ‘the Troubles’ or other historical conflicts. We believe that we have much more in common that brings us together rather than the history that divides us.

Please Note: Following our recent retirement we are considering the addition of paid Ads to the site to recoup some money. We will not allow Ads that track readers (such as Google Ads) and will aim instead to show Ads sponsored by local companies. If you dislike the ads then please feel free to use an ad blocker with your browser to avoid them. Bear in mind though that the Ads help to keep the website running by covering its rising costs.

Scotty at the Big Fish
Our dog Scotty at the Big Fish


Background to the website

Tourists often list Belfast and the surrounding counties as favourite places to visit. Reasons vary but in a relatively small geographic area visitors see a fascinating history, impressive buildings & monuments, beautiful and varied scenery, talented people in entertainment, arts & crafts and a population frequently celebrated for its sense of humour and friendliness.

We thought that it would be interesting to take a closer look at our own surroundings, ancestors and stories and share these on the BelfastEntries website.

Theatre Royal Belfast 1880
Theatre Royal Belfast 1880


What are the Belfast Entries?

The Belfast Entries

The ‘Belfast Entries’ are a series of alleys/ side streets around High Street and Ann Street that date back to the earliest days of Belfast. These provide a fascinating glimpse into Belfast history in themselves.

Belfast Entries Map
Belfast Entries Map

Location of Belfast Entries

The significance of these sidestreets has often been overlooked and indeed ‘the entries’ were neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair for decades. However a new Belfast Entries Project is underway to transform the entries into vibrant places that are safe, welcoming while reflecting their historical importance. This is to be welcomed. We will look into the stories of these historical entries in articles to come.

Why is the website called Belfast Entries?

The Belfast Entries website name is a simple play on words – reflecting our intention to produce website entries or posts that will reference the everyday reality of our ancestors. We have covered the history of a few of “the entries” to date and plan to do more. We have also told stories of historic department stores, old theatres, ghosts, outlaws and forgotten heroes who helped so many without due recognition. Our audience has grown as we research & share more information on these varied topics and recent memories.

Why not grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join us on our journey into history?

Road Congestion (Pocket Guide)
Road Congestion (GI Pocket Guide)

Note:
Due to illness it is likely that BelfastEntries posts will appear less frequently for the near future. We hope to see things back to normal in coming months. P&P
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