North Belfast

North Belfast remains a divided area in the city. It is mainly a working-class. During the 1940s the area was home to the waterworks, mills, and the docks.

North Belfast centres on the areas around Ardoyne, Ballysillan, Cliftonville, and New Lodge in Belfast, Co. Antrim. Today, it remains a divided area where Peace Lines cut through streets enforcing sectarian division.

The main demographic of the area is seen as working class. Despite some upscale residential areas on the slope of Cavehill and around Belfast Castle, there is also a lot of social housing. This part of Belfast contains suffered high levels of violence during the troubles and remains divided by Peace Lines today.

During World War Two, the area suffered heavy damage during the Luftwaffe’s Belfast Blitz. There were several aircraft crashes in the Belfast Hills including one on Cavehill, famously made into the movie ‘Closing The Ring’.

Map showing Canning Place, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Canning Place, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Canning Place is a small street off Canning Street in north Belfast, Co. Antrim. During World War Two, children of the area attended St. Paul's School.

Map showing Canning Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Canning Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Canning Street is a small street in the Sailortown or York Road area of north Belfast, Co. Antrim. There were many vacant properties on the street in 1943.

Map showing Carlisle Circus, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Carlisle Circus, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Carlisle Circus in the Antrim Road of North Belfast suffered severe damage as Luftwaffe bombs rained down on the north of the city in April and May 1941.

Map showing Carlisle Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Carlisle Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Carlisle Street once ran from Carlisle Circus to the Old Lodge Road in North Belfast. Neither the street nor the Old Lodge Road are found on a modern map.

Map showing Dock Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Dock Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Dock Street in North Belfast lies off Pilot Street in Belfast's old Sailortown District. This area is near where the US Army first landed in January 1942.

Map showing Donegall Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Donegall Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Donegall Street lies in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. St. Anne's Cathedral is one of a few buildings in the area to survive the Belfast Blitz.

Map showing Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Duncairn Gardens in the Antrim Road area of North Belfast suffered severe damage during the heaviest bombing of the Belfast Blitz in April and May 1941.

Map showing Earl Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Earl Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

You will not find Earl Street on a modern map of Belfast. During World War Two, the Sailortown street was the site of a gruesome murder by an American GI.

Map showing Limestone Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Limestone Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

The Limestone Road in north Belfast runs from York Road to Antrim Road. During the Belfast Blitz of April 1941, this area of Belfast was heavily bombed.