Category Archives: belfast


The 1798 Rebellion, or Rising, was an uprising in Ireland against British rule, which was inspired by the ideals of the American and French revolutions. It was mainly organised by a group called the United Irishmen. Around 10,000 people died … Continue reading

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An Experiment

Nicolas Grimshaw, ‘Father of the Belfast Cotton Industry’. On 11 November, 1778, Grimshaw received the thanks of the Belfast Charitable Society, who were directors of the local poorhouse. This was because he had given the poorhouse a machine for carding … Continue reading

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Rise and Fall

York Street Mill, Belfast, around 1880. The original cotton mill burned down in 1828 and rebuilt as a flax mill. I’ve been reading up on the industrialization (or not, as the case actually was) of the Irish cotton spinning industry. … Continue reading

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