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 in the Castlereagh Hills once was the site of an American Military Cemetery in Belfast. 148 servicemen were buried there between 1943 and 1948.
Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Island Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
The famous Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast is known for its iconic cranes Samson and Goliath. During World War Two it was a vital shipbuilding firm.
Thorndyke Street Mural, Belfast, Co. Antrim
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.
Short and Harland, Airport Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim
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
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
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.
Orangefield Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim
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.
Campbell College, Belfast, Co. Antrim
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
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.
Strandburn Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Strandburn Street in Belfast lies off Connsbrook Avenue. The street suffered damage during the 1941 Belfast Blitz with school buildings almost destroyed.
Trillick Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
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.
St Matthew’s Boys’ School, Seaforde Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
St Matthew's Boys' School still stands at 52 Eliza Street in East Belfast, Co. Antrim. In the 1940s, the street ran through to the Newtownards Road.
St Matthew’s Girls’ School, Seaforde Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
St Matthew's Girls' School still stands at 52 Eliza Street in East Belfast, Co. Antrim. In the 1940s, the street ran through to the Newtownards Road.
Strand Public Elementary School, Strandburn Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
The old Strand Public Elementary School now makes up part of Victoria Park Primary School in East Belfast. The old school was partly destroyed in the Blitz.