Lincoln Avenue, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Lincoln Avenue runs off the Antrim Road in North Belfast, Co. Antrim. This street and nearby Viginage Park suffered severe damage during the Belfast Blitz.

Lincoln Avenue

Belfast

Co. Antrim

United Kingdom

Lincoln Avenue lies off the Antrim Road in Belfast, Co. Antrim. The surrounding area and nearby New Lodge suffered great damage during the Belfast Blitz.

One of the Luftwaffe’s main targets in the north of the city was Victoria Barracks. A large complex, it took several hits in Easter 1941 but the nearby streets were almost destroyed. These streets bore the brunt of the blanket bombing.

Many people from this area who survived did so by fleeing the city. All around the New Lodge area streets of terraced houses became rubble.

Air Raid Warden Jimmy Doherty lived on Lincoln Avenue. His wartime memories make for great reading in ‘Post 381 – Memoirs of a Belfast Air Raid Warden’. In 2016, Belfast City Council unveiled a plaque on the street. It commemorates those who died during the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941.

Lincoln Avenue in 1943

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

NumberFirst Name(s)Last NameOccupation
1-2Vacant
3Miss MGribben
4-13Vacant
15HHolbrook
16TJMcCoy
17Vacant
18WBrennanJeweller
19JDonovanWaiter
20JHull
21JamesMcCleanPublican
22ThomasFitzharris
23Mrs MargaretJohnston
24JohnMartinCustoms Official
25JohnDaly
26AbrahamOliverAgent
27CharlesDaleyLabourer
28Vacant
29Mrs KMontague
30Mrs BO'Reilly
31WilliamMinshullArtist
32DJohnsonWaiter
33Mrs MCochrane
34Miss MabelMilne
35EdwardMageeEngineer
36JamesGrahamChef
37Vacant
38Occupied
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