Not On Today’s High Street

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Castle Place,Belfast 1843 -By French artist Alphonse Dousseau. Note the First Bank Buildings in the background (initially known as Cunningham's Bank)
Castle Place,Belfast 1843 -By French artist Alphonse Dousseau. Note the First Bank Buildings in the background (initially known as Cunningham’s Bank)


If you walked along Belfast’s streets a hundred years ago or more, you would have encountered a very different range of shops and merchandise for sale.

Some of the more unusual items are listed below.

Lard Refiner – P. Quinn. 21 Catherine Street North [1870]

Alabaster and Roman Cement Warehouse Bell & Oulton, Donegall Quay [1861]

Clog and Patten Makers – Thomas Harrison 86 Hercules Street [1861]

The Ladies Emporium – John Hanna 38 High Street [1891]

Hackle and Gill Makers – Alex Riddel & Sons. 26 Great Victoria Street [1870]

Gunpowder Merchants – Joseph Braddell & Son. 19 Castle Place [1870]

Ostrich Feather Merchant, Manufacturer and Furrier – William Ireland, 46 Arthur Street [1891]

Muslin Weavers [Steam Power] and Weaving Agents – Jaffe Bros. 10 Donegall Square South [1870]

Fish [Dried] Merchants – James Crawford. 31 Corporation Street [1861]

Stay and Corset Maker – Ann McMullen. 10 Mill Street [1870]

Philosophical and Chemical Instrument Makers – J. A. Cumine. 27 High Street [1870]

Belfast Steam Feather and Hair Purifying Factory – H. Gibson. 6 Church Street [1891]

Saddler, Harness Maker, Horse Clothing and Portmanteau Maker – John F. Bell. 13 Arthur Square [1891]

1885 Imperial Hotel Belfast Advert - Harpers Handbook for Travellers in Europe
1885 Imperial Hotel Belfast Advert – Harpers Handbook for Travellers in Europe

Phrenologist – G.N.B. McBean. 36 Hamilton Street [1870]

Apothecaries, Chemists and Aerated Water Manufacturers – Grattan & Co. Ltd. Cornmarket [1891]

Hosiers and Glovers – J. Arnott & Co. Bridge Street [1861]

Tarred and Hair Felt Manufacturers – D. Anderson & Sons Ltd. Belfast [1891]

Manufacturers of Edwards Dessicated Soup, Edwards Preserved Potato and other specialities – Frederick King & Co. Ltd. Waring Street [1891]. Read the amazing story behind this product by clicking the image below.

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