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’.
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's World War Two heritage.
Carlisle Circus, 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.
Carlisle Street, 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.
Canning Place, 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.
Canning Street, 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.
Dock Street, 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.
Donegall Street, 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.
Duncairn Gardens, 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.
Earl Street, 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.
Limestone Road, 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.
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.
Millfield, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Millfield runs between Belfast's North Street and Castle Street. The heavily re-developed area today bears little resemblance to that of the wartime 1940s.
Nelson Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Nelson Street runs between Great Patrick Street and Whitla Street in an area of Belfast, Co. Antrim that has undetone total redevelopment since the war.
New Lodge Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Named after an old historic lodge house in the area, the New Lodge Road in north Belfast, Co. Antrim runs between North Queen Street and the Antrim Road.
North Queen Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
North Queen Street runs from Donegall Street to York Road in the north of the city. Proximity to Victora Barracks meant it suffered in the Belfast Blitz.
Pilot Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Pilot Street lies in what was once the historic Sailortown area of Belfast by the docks. Today, the area is unrecognisable due to extensive redevelopment.
Unity Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Unity Street in North Belfast, Co. Antrim was hit in The Easter Raid of the Belfast Blitz on the night of 15th-16th April 1941 destroying Trinity Church.
Vicinage Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Vicinage Park in north Belfast, Co. Antrim suffered great damage during the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941. It was home to many Jewish families.
Walton Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Before redevelopment in the 1980s, Walton Street ran off Crumlin Road in the Oldpark area of North Belfast, Co. Antrim. It was hit during the Belfast Blitz.
Waterloo Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Waterloo Park lies off the Antrim Road in north Belfast, Co. Antrim. Much of the street suffered great damage during the Luftwaffe bombing in the Blitz.
York Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim
York Park in North Belfast, Co. Antrim was one of many small streets in the vicity of the city's thriving docklands that suffered during the Belfast Blitz.
York Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Continuing on from York Street as it leaves Belfast City Centre, the York Road area was devastated by Luftwaffe bombs during the Belfast Blitz of 1941.
York Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Many historic buildings on York Street, Belfast such as the International Bar and the Midland Hotel were extensively damaged in the Belfast Blitz of 1941.