East Belfast, Belfast, Co. Antrim

East Belfast is full of World War Two heritage from the old RAF Sydenham to the industrial powerhouses of the docks, factories, timber yards, and shipyards.

East Belfast

Belfast

Co. Antrim

United Kingdom

East Belfast centres on the docks in Belfast, Co. Antrim. Socially, it is a mixed area containing some old working class terraced houses, more exclusive residences and the imposing Harland and Wolff cranes.

The demographics of the area are socially mixed although mainly politically unionist. Inner-city working-class areas towards the shipyards give way to more exclusive upmarket areas. Recent redevelopment has ensured a steep rise in house prices.

During World War Two, the area around the docks suffered greatly during the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941.

The Royal Air Force based at RAF Sydenham operated bomber and fighter squadrons. Meanwhile, the shipyards built some of Britains finest battleships such as HMS Belfast.

Lisnabreeny American Cemetery, Rocky Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Lisnabreeny American Cemetery, Rocky Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Lisnabreeny in the Castlereagh Hills once was the site of an American Military Cemetery in Belfast. 148 servicemen were buried there between 1943 and 1948.

Short and Harland, Airport Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Short and Harland, Airport Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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The Short and Harland factory site in Belfast is now the home of Bombardier Aerospace. During World War Two it was a vital aircraft manufacturing firm.

Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company HQ, Belfast

Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company HQ, Belfast

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Between 1942 and 1944, Northern Ireland hosted tens of thousands of US troops. The 3878th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company were based at Lisnabreeny.

McCue, Dick and Co., Duncrue Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

McCue, Dick and Co., Duncrue Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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The McCue, Dick and Co. timber yard in Belfast, Co. Antrim was the scene of some of the earliest fatalities of the Belfast Blitz on 7th-8th April 1941.

Campbell College, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Campbell College, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Campbell College in East Belfast has a strong Second World War heritage having served as a military hospital from 1940 - 1944 and being bombed in May 1941.

Rank Flour Mill, Northern Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Rank Flour Mill, Northern Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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The Rank Flour Mill stood off Duncrue Street in the heart of Belfast's docklands. The building suffered severe damage at the hands of the Luftwaffe.

Hyndford Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Hyndford Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Hyndford Street in East Belfast lies off the Beersbridge Road. Towards the end of World War Two, it was the birthplace of legendary singer Van Morrison.

Newcastle Street, Belfast, Co. Down

Newcastle Street, Belfast, Co. Down

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Newcastle Street off the Newtownards Road in East Belfast was devastated in the Belfast Blitz of 1941. The top end of the street no longer features on maps.

Orangefield Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Orangefield Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Today, not much remains to suggest that Orangefield Park was once a hive of wartime activity. The US Army was based here and the land also held German POWs.

Queen’s Road, Belfast, Co. Down

Queen’s Road, Belfast, Co. Down

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Queen's Road runs through what is now the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Co. Down. In 1941, Luftwaffe bombs rained down on the shipyards in the Belfast Blitz.

Ravenscroft Avenue, Belfast, Co. Down

Ravenscroft Avenue, Belfast, Co. Down

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Ravenscroft Avenue in East Belfast, Co. Down suffered great damage during the Belfast Blitz. Luftwaffe bombs left a huge crater in the residential street.

Seaforde Street, Belfast, Co. Down

Seaforde Street, Belfast, Co. Down

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Seaforde Street in East Belfast used to be a much longer thoroughfare. During World War Two it ran from Newtownards Road on through to Beechfield Street.

Strandburn Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Strandburn Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Strandburn Street in Belfast lies off Connsbrook Avenue. The street suffered damage during the 1941 Belfast Blitz with school buildings almost destroyed.

Thorndyke Street, Belfast, Co. Down

Thorndyke Street, Belfast, Co. Down

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Thorndyke Street, Belfast is home to a large mural depicting the history of the area including a section remembering the Belfast Blitz of April 1941.

Trillick Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Trillick Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Trillick Street in East Belfast lies off the Beersbridge Road towards Templemore Street. The area has undergone a lot of redevelopment since World War Two.

Westbourne Street, Belfast, Co. Down

Westbourne Street, Belfast, Co. Down

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Westbourne Street in East Belfast, Co. Down suffered great damage as Luftwaffe bombs fell on residential areas near the shipyards during the Belfast Blitz.

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