Ormeau Road, Belfast

The Ormeau Road was built in 1815 as the New Ballynafeigh Road. During the Second World War, British and American troops were a common sight.

Ormeau Road

Belfast

Northern Ireland

The Ormeau Road in South Belfast begins where Cromac Street merges with Ormeau Avenue. It continues south to where Church Road meets Saintfield Road. First built in 1815, Ormeau Road was then known as the New Ballynafeigh Road. The parallel Ravenhill Road at the time was the Old Ballynafeigh Road.

During the Second World War, personnel of the U.S. Army were a familiar sight in the area. The American Military assembled vehicles along the edge of the Ormeau Park along what is now the Ormeau Embankment. The British Army also occupied buildings such as Havelock House, from where they guarded bridges over the River Lagan.

Ormeau Road in 1943

The following information is taken from the 1943 Belfast Street Directory.

First Name(s) Last Name Occupation
1 FH Gillespie Publican
3 FW Howe Tobacconist
5 Samuel Watterson Hairdresser
7 H Weir Chemist
9 Vacant
11 Watters' Home Bakery
13 Mrs Mary E Poots
15 Annie Rainey Confectioner
17 Vacant
17a Adelaide Recreation Club
19 Linens Ltd Linen and Handkerchief Manufacturer
21 Bell's Asbestos and Engineering Ltd
23 J Morrison Printer
23 N Gardiner Stationer
25 DG Meharg Wine and Spirit Merchant
27-29 H Gallagher Publican
31 Mrs Agnew Fruiterer
33 WH Kelly Hairdresser
35 HH Nesbitt Baker
37 Vacant
39 L Barrett Tobacconist
41 Vacant
43 J Yarr Flesher Proprietor
43a James Walker Commercial Agent
45 JH Allen Pawnbroker
47 Vacant
49 R Dow Butcher
51 Joseph Dixon Watchmaker
53 Elizabeth McGregor
55 The Misses Quinn
57 Mrs C Williams
59 Vacant
61 H Creath Outfitter
63 AH Gardner Home Bakery
65 WJ Carlisle Confectioner
67 JG Patterson Provision Merchant
69 NAAFI
71 JA McRoberts Pharmaceutical Chemist
73 J Miller Painter and Decorator
75 Jack Rooney Supper Saloon
77 Mrs Martha Gray Tobacconist
79 Miss Grace Bogue
81 JP Mullen
83 Samuel Bingham Painter
83a H Linton Furniture Dealer
85 Imperial Ballroom Occupied by HM Government
85 Ormeau Road Methodist Church
87 Miss E Wellwood Chemist
89 Vacant
91 John W Arnold
91 Miss A Newell Costumier
93 G Dunn Flesher
95 Vacant
97 Melville and Co. Ltd Funeral Furnishers and Motor Hirers
99 John Spratt Shop Man
101 Air Raid Precautions Post
103 William Hutchinson Driver
105 Mrs Riley
107 James Corr Rent Agent
109 Joseph Poole Motor Manager
111 Samuel Martin Grocer
113 Martin Coen Publican
115 Cafe Savola
117 Vacant
119 H Clindinning Newsagent
121 William Gibson Grocer
121 F Woods Hairdresser
123 Mrs Lochart
123 Miss Grierson
123 Major Jeffrey
125 Henry Wylie Traveller
127 Archibald O Campbell
127 L Milne Dressmaker
127 Miss Mina Dubois
129 Mrs Patton
131 Miss CM Jackson
133 WJ Orr Dentist
135 D Parks Hairdresser
137 Dr William Rutherford
139 HW Black Physician
141 SA Deans Surgeon Dentist
143 Belfast Co-Operative Society Funeral Furnishing
145 Samuel Torrens Draper
147 W&A Gibney Wine Merchants
147a Miss Eva Gray
149 C Murphy Clerk
151 Patrick McGurk
153 John McCrea
155 WJ Lawther Plumber
157 Mrs Jane Crawford
159 David Colville Accountant
161 D Cuming Surgeon
163 H&J Martin Ltd Ulster Building Works
163 Martin Estates Co. Ltd Estate Owners
165 Orr Chemists Ltd
167 Scott Brothers' Grocers
167a J Ball
167a Alfred F Wilson
169a Lewis Brothers'
169 WR Hamilton Butcher
171 Flemings' Garage Auto Engineers
171 L Wilson Supper Saloon
173 J Steenson
173 John McAveen
173 T McManus
173 Hugh MacKenzie
173 Thomas Gordon
173 Mrs B Kelly
173 James Geddes
173 I Pike
173 John Armstrong
173 William Douglas
173 J Morgan
175 S Robinson Grocer
177 Vacant
179 WC McCartney
181 Ormeau Gospel Hall
183 Bowles and Co Flesher
185 George Green Fruiterer
187 John Smith Shoemaker
189 Apollo Cinema
249-259 WH Reay and Co Ltd Motor Engineers
263 Jubilee Hall
267 H Campbell Flesher
269 E Ralph
269a F Marshall Draper
271 SC Honan Shoemaker
271a W Smith Hairdresser
273 William C McDowell Grocer
275 Vacant
279 LM Maltman
281 John Boyd Surgeon
283 Belfast Co-Operative Society Grocer
285a Gospel Hall
285 Miss E Craig Confectioner
287 J Graham Bakery
287a Miss E Bullick Hairdresser
289 Belfast Co-Operative Society Pharmacy
291 George Manning Dentist
293 James R Wilson Leather Merchant
295 Mrs Giffin
297 Dr CW Musgrave Surgeon
299 R Dunn
301 James Rogan
303 Vacant
305 Ava Pharmacy Ltd Pharmacy
307-317 Ormeau Bakery Ltd Bakery
319-321 R Ralph Painter
323 David McClure Clerk
325 James Dodds Mechanic
327 Mrs Brittain
329 Miss Morgan Dressmaker
331 Samuel Jackson Bread Server
333 M Graham
335 Edward Martin Clerk
337 William Gardiner Plumber
339 Ernest Smyth Cutter
341 Samuel McKelvey Plumber
343a Shaftesbury Bowling Club
343-345 George Coutts Grocer
347 E Lyons Confectioner
349 N Gordon Baker
351 Speers and Newell Draper
353 John Rodgers Grocer
355 Graham Brothers Butchers
357 J McCormick Confectioner
359 A McCormick Fruiterer
361 W Hastings Wine and Spirit Merchant
363a Mrs Ethel Agnew
363 The Oriel Pharmacy Pharmacy
365-367 R Murphy Draper
369 Edward Downing Hardware Merchant and Newsagent
369 Adam Turner Undertaker and Motor Hirer
371 Ballynafeigh Post Office Post Office
373 F Heatley Grocer
375 W&A Gilbey Ltd Wine Merchant
377 Occupied
379 Miss Callow Confectioner
381 J Myers Painter
383-385 A Borza Cafe
387 A Noble Grocer
389 S Riddell Boot Repairer
391 Thompson's Dyeworks
393 N Mayne Fish Merchant
395 White Home Bakery
397 S Douglas Butcher
397a Miss Gray Dressmaker
399-401 T Stirling Flesher
403 SR Brooks Confectioner
405 RJ Nixon Flesher
407 R Morrow Electrician
409 SJ Agnew Draper
411 Turner's Fruit Market Ltd Fruiterer
413 Ballynafeigh Orange Hall
415 ES Martin Confectioner
417 JC Brown Newsagent
419 Agnes Woods Confectioner
421 J Silo Soldier
423 St Jude's Public Elementary School School
425 WH Scott Fruiterer
427 William McElroy Boot Repairer
429 Henry Laverty and Co Grocer
431 Miss F Greenan Confectioner
433 H Shanks Hairdresser
435 W Reid Cycle Depot
437 Thompson Bakery
439 J Reid Butcher
441 HH Cowzer Chemist
441a Miss E Firth Confectioner
443 Stewart Brothers' Grocers
445 Mrs E Galt
447 Mrs S McCaughey
449 Mrs Kane
451 Braithewaite and McCann Spirit Merchants
453 Ballynafeigh RUC Station
455 ME Poston Draper
457 R Hodgen
459 Patrick Rice Traveller
461 John Douglas Plater
463 John McCaw
465 O'Kane
467 Vacant
469 Samuel Courtney Wholesale Provision Merchant
471 Mrs Partington
473 Mrs A Shiel
475 RB Pinkerton Linen Business
477 AE Brown Surgeon
479 Mrs K Macauley
481 PJ McCusker
483 W Robinson Surgeon
485 Vacant
487-511 Convent of the Good Shepherd
513 Miss M Beggs Sub Postmasters
515 J McCoubrey
517 Miss Spence
519 Mrs German
521 Bell
523 A Carney
525 Mrs Burton
527 Frank Moody
529 M Hanvey Shoemaker
531 James Winfred Gilpin
533 Mrs McAlpine
535 John Wadsworth
537 C Bryans Traveller
539 W Sweeney Marine Engineer
541 Mrs Graham
543 Miss McCreight
545 J Mullally Post Office Superintendent
547 Mrs White
549 Dr John W Nesbitt
551 Mrs Lindsay
553 Miss Keenan
555 Mrs Greer
557 JE Logan
559 Jane Strafford
561 RH Smith Commercial Agent
563 James Walker
565 E & M McGlade Confectioners
567 R& C McGlade Grocers
569 G McGlade Rosetta Garage
583 WJ Melville Labourer
585 J Jenkins Labourer
587 Mrs Gray
589 Thomas Burns Carter
591 J Kerley Postal Official
593 W Williamson Painter
595 Miss Lindsay
597-601 A Thompson "Donnybrook"
603-611 Mrs Elizabeth Rainey "Elsmere"
613 Mrs Sarah Bell
615 JH Walls Assistant Manager
617 George Heslip
619 WJ Gibson
621 Mrs Elliott
2-18 Belfast Corporation Gasworks
20 Ulster Cycle Service Depot
22-24 Edward Hodge
28 FH Kirkwood Book Keeper
30 James L Armstrong
32 Harriett Martin
34 Red Cross Salvage Depot
36 CF Cameron Dentist
38-40 J&J Forster Grocers
42 Henry Irvine Electrical Engineer
44 S Jones Tobacconist
46 R Macartney Plumber
48 Miss McKenna Draper
50 Vacant
52-126 North of Ireland Football and Cricket Cub
128 Robert Martin Dentist
128 Harold L Martin Surgeon
130 Braithewaite and McCann Wine Merchants
132 Joseph J Matthews Grocer
134-136 Vacant
138 James Anderson
140-142 Edward McEvoy Publican
144 Mrs Mary Gracey
146 R&J Hill Fleshers
148 ES Couser
150 H Yates Clerk
152 Miss Hunter
154 J&M Dowey Hairdresser
154 Thomas H Pearson Joiner
156 H Walsh Stationer
158 Mrs A Gibson Confectioner
160 Ormeau Road Post Office
160 Norah Surplus Hairdresser
162 Bruce Menmuir Watchmaker
164 James McMaster Grocer
166 S Duff Provision Merchant
168 Sinclair Connor Plumber
170-172 T Uprichard Fruiterer
174 T Rea Hairdresser
176 Thompson's Bakers Ltd Bakery
178 Irish Preserve and Confectionery Co
180 Vacant
182 Stewart's Cash Stores
184 McDowell Brothers' Fleshers
186 WJ Scott Traveller
188 John McCormack Royal Ulster Constabulary
190 Mrs MJ Hamilton
192 Mrs M McBride
194 Mrs Jane Potts
196 Mrs Curragh
198 Robert D Montgomery
200 Mrs Millar
202 Miss Motram Music Teacher
206-210 TW Harpur General Merchants
212-214 Ormeau Public Park
216 Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church
218 William Wilson
220 Mrs Millen
222 JB Young Surgeon
224 Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church Rest House
228 J Downing Dental Surgeon
230 Dr MB Porter Surgeon
232 Miss Park Music Teacher
234 J Dunwoody Painter
236 Mrs Rogerson
238 Thomas Reid Painter
240 John Jordan Linesman
242 Margaret Peace
244-246 Smyth and McClure Cash Stores
248 Devonshire Laundry
250 John Myers Butcher
252 John D'Arcy Fishmonger
254 H Campbell Bootmaker
256 Mrs Smith
258 J Finney Fruiterer
260 Social Cafe
262 Mrs Busby
264 C Johnston Carter
266 George Burrell Soldier
268 Mrs Margaret McCullough
270 James Reid Labourer
272 WJ Patton Bricklayer
274 Lough Brothers Gents Outfitters
276 Stewarts' Cash Stores
278 Stevens' Cash Stores
280 Marguerite Ladies' Outfitters
282 Stewarts Cash Stores
294 Telephone Exchange
296-298 Mrs Bell Spirit Merchant
300 Curzon Cinema
302 Miss F Pitt
304 A England Draper
306 B Faulkner Hairdresser
308 Castle Dye Works
310 Gilpins' Gents Outfitters
312-318 RH Maltman Motor Agents and Hirers
320 Charles McQuade Spirit Merchant
322 F Frazer Grocer
324 TB Cole
326 BF McHugh Joiner
330 Mrs JG Carrothers
332 Mrs Pearce
334 WM Christian
336 Mrs S Rea
338 David A Rea Assistant Shipyard Manager
340 St Jude's Church of Ireland
342 Mrs Wright
344 J Beringer
346 F Scullin
348 Presbytery of the Holy Rosary
350 Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
352 Nazareth House Home
354-360 Vacant Ground
362 Mrs H Hobson
364 WJ Hendron Publican
366 Miss Hogg
366 Fisher
366 HA McVeigh
368 WJ Bourke
368 John Anderson Manufacturer
368 HA Layland
370 Mrs Mary Tate
372 Dr GA Donaldson
374 St John's Presbyterian Church
376 Rev WR Megaw
378 St John's Presbyterian Church Lecture Hall
380 Rosetta Nursing Home
382 J Clugston Overseer
384 Entrance to Garages
386 Miss Shaw
388 First Aid Post
390 Belfast Co-Operative Society Grocers
392-398 Vacant Ground
400 W Duncan
402 Miss R Devine
404 Dr Charles Reid
406 Major RG Anderson
408 Miss M Moncrieff
410 RA Douglas Estate Agent
412 Vacant
414 JB McCutcheon Solicitor
416-418 Corporation Toll Office
420-422 Miss Isabel Smyth Draper
424-426 Blair and Rogers Home Bakery
428 Mrs McClure
430 Mrs Currie
432 FJ Cromie Butcher
434 J Cromie
436-438 G Smyth Chemist
440-442 OH Liken Tobacconist
444-446 TM Scott Grocer
448 Alfred Shipp Manufacturer
450 Mrs Charlotte Fowler
452 FC Kerr "Derravaragh"

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.

Map showing Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Ormeau Road, Belfast

Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast is best known as the home of Ulster Television but it also saw use by the British Army during wartime.

Map showing Ormeau Park, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Ormeau Park, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Ormeau Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast. Opened in 1871, it became a hive of activity when the US military took over between 1942 and 1943.

References

Lennon Wylie Wikipedia

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