Ormeau Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The Ormeau Road in South Belfast was built in 1815 as the New Ballynafeigh Road. It is one of Belfast's main thoroughfares and has many historic sights.

Ormeau Road

Belfast

Co. Antrim

United Kingdom

The Ormeau Road in South Belfast begins where Cromac Street merges with Ormeau Avenue. It continues south to where Church Road meets Saintfield Road.

The road was first built in 1815 and known as the New Ballynafeigh Road. The parallel Ravenhill Road at the time was the Old Ballynafeigh Road. Over time, this road took on the name of the adjacent Ormeau Park.

During wartime, the US Army would have been a familiar sight in the area. They assembled vehicles along the edge of the park where the Ormeau Embankment now stands. The British Army also occupied bases 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 NameOccupation
1FHGillespiePublican
3FWHoweTobacconist
5SamuelWattersonHairdresser
7HWeirChemist
9Vacant
11Watters'Home Bakery
13Mrs Mary EPoots
15AnnieRaineyConfectioner
17Vacant
17aAdelaide Recreation Club
19Linens LtdLinen and Handkerchief Manufacturer
21Bell's Asbestos and Engineering Ltd
23JMorrisonPrinter
23NGardinerStationer
25DGMehargWine and Spirit Merchant
27-29HGallagherPublican
31MrsAgnewFruiterer
33WHKellyHairdresser
35HHNesbittBaker
37Vacant
39LBarrettTobacconist
41Vacant
43JYarrFlesher Proprietor
43aJamesWalkerCommercial Agent
45JHAllenPawnbroker
47Vacant
49RDowButcher
51JosephDixonWatchmaker
53ElizabethMcGregor
55The MissesQuinn
57Mrs CWilliams
59Vacant
61HCreathOutfitter
63AHGardnerHome Bakery
65WJCarlisleConfectioner
67JGPattersonProvision Merchant
69NAAFI
71JAMcRobertsPharmaceutical Chemist
73JMillerPainter and Decorator
75JackRooneySupper Saloon
77Mrs MarthaGrayTobacconist
79Miss GraceBogue
81JPMullen
83SamuelBinghamPainter
83aHLintonFurniture Dealer
85Imperial BallroomOccupied by HM Government
85Ormeau Road Methodist Church
87Miss EWellwoodChemist
89Vacant
91John WArnold
91Miss ANewellCostumier
93GDunnFlesher
95Vacant
97Melville and Co. LtdFuneral Furnishers and Motor Hirers
99JohnSprattShop Man
101Air Raid Precautions Post
103WilliamHutchinsonDriver
105MrsRiley
107JamesCorrRent Agent
109JosephPooleMotor Manager
111SamuelMartinGrocer
113MartinCoenPublican
115Cafe Savola
117Vacant
119HClindinningNewsagent
121WilliamGibsonGrocer
121FWoodsHairdresser
123MrsLochart
123MissGrierson
123MajorJeffrey
125HenryWylieTraveller
127Archibald OCampbell
127LMilneDressmaker
127Miss MinaDubois
129MrsPatton
131Miss CMJackson
133WJOrrDentist
135DParksHairdresser
137Dr WilliamRutherford
139HWBlackPhysician
141SADeansSurgeon Dentist
143Belfast Co-Operative SocietyFuneral Furnishing
145SamuelTorrensDraper
147W&AGibneyWine Merchants
147aMiss EvaGray
149CMurphyClerk
151PatrickMcGurk
153JohnMcCrea
155WJLawtherPlumber
157Mrs JaneCrawford
159DavidColvilleAccountant
161DCumingSurgeon
163H&J Martin LtdUlster Building Works
163Martin Estates Co. LtdEstate Owners
165Orr Chemists Ltd
167Scott Brothers' Grocers
167aJBall
167aAlfred FWilson
169aLewis Brothers'
169WRHamiltonButcher
171Flemings' GarageAuto Engineers
171LWilsonSupper Saloon
173JSteenson
173JohnMcAveen
173TMcManus
173HughMacKenzie
173ThomasGordon
173Mrs BKelly
173JamesGeddes
173IPike
173JohnArmstrong
173WilliamDouglas
173JMorgan
175SRobinsonGrocer
177Vacant
179WCMcCartney
181Ormeau Gospel Hall
183Bowles and CoFlesher
185GeorgeGreenFruiterer
187JohnSmithShoemaker
189Apollo Cinema
249-259WH Reay and Co LtdMotor Engineers
263Jubilee Hall
267HCampbellFlesher
269ERalph
269aFMarshallDraper
271SCHonanShoemaker
271aWSmithHairdresser
273William CMcDowellGrocer
275Vacant
279LMMaltman
281JohnBoydSurgeon
283Belfast Co-Operative SocietyGrocer
285aGospel Hall
285Miss ECraigConfectioner
287JGrahamBakery
287aMiss EBullickHairdresser
289Belfast Co-Operative SocietyPharmacy
291GeorgeManningDentist
293James RWilsonLeather Merchant
295MrsGiffin
297Dr CWMusgraveSurgeon
299RDunn
301JamesRogan
303Vacant
305Ava Pharmacy LtdPharmacy
307-317Ormeau Bakery LtdBakery
319-321RRalphPainter
323DavidMcClureClerk
325JamesDoddsMechanic
327MrsBrittain
329MissMorganDressmaker
331SamuelJacksonBread Server
333MGraham
335EdwardMartinClerk
337WilliamGardinerPlumber
339ErnestSmythCutter
341SamuelMcKelveyPlumber
343aShaftesbury Bowling Club
343-345GeorgeCouttsGrocer
347ELyonsConfectioner
349NGordonBaker
351Speers and NewellDraper
353JohnRodgersGrocer
355Graham BrothersButchers
357JMcCormickConfectioner
359AMcCormickFruiterer
361WHastingsWine and Spirit Merchant
363aMrs EthelAgnew
363The Oriel PharmacyPharmacy
365-367RMurphyDraper
369EdwardDowningHardware Merchant and Newsagent
369AdamTurnerUndertaker and Motor Hirer
371Ballynafeigh Post OfficePost Office
373FHeatleyGrocer
375W&A Gilbey LtdWine Merchant
377Occupied
379MissCallowConfectioner
381JMyersPainter
383-385ABorzaCafe
387ANobleGrocer
389SRiddellBoot Repairer
391Thompson's Dyeworks
393NMayneFish Merchant
395WhiteHome Bakery
397SDouglasButcher
397aMissGrayDressmaker
399-401TStirlingFlesher
403SRBrooksConfectioner
405RJNixonFlesher
407RMorrowElectrician
409SJAgnewDraper
411Turner's Fruit Market LtdFruiterer
413Ballynafeigh Orange Hall
415ESMartinConfectioner
417JCBrownNewsagent
419AgnesWoodsConfectioner
421JSiloSoldier
423St Jude's Public Elementary SchoolSchool
425WHScottFruiterer
427WilliamMcElroyBoot Repairer
429Henry Laverty and CoGrocer
431Miss FGreenanConfectioner
433HShanksHairdresser
435WReidCycle Depot
437ThompsonBakery
439JReidButcher
441HHCowzerChemist
441aMiss EFirthConfectioner
443Stewart Brothers'Grocers
445Mrs EGalt
447Mrs SMcCaughey
449MrsKane
451Braithewaite and McCannSpirit Merchants
453Ballynafeigh RUC Station
455MEPostonDraper
457RHodgen
459PatrickRiceTraveller
461JohnDouglasPlater
463JohnMcCaw
465O'Kane
467Vacant
469SamuelCourtneyWholesale Provision Merchant
471MrsPartington
473Mrs AShiel
475RBPinkertonLinen Business
477AEBrownSurgeon
479Mrs KMacauley
481PJMcCusker
483WRobinsonSurgeon
485Vacant
487-511Convent of the Good Shepherd
513Miss MBeggsSub Postmasters
515JMcCoubrey
517MissSpence
519MrsGerman
521Bell
523ACarney
525MrsBurton
527FrankMoody
529MHanveyShoemaker
531James WinfredGilpin
533MrsMcAlpine
535JohnWadsworth
537CBryansTraveller
539WSweeneyMarine Engineer
541MrsGraham
543MissMcCreight
545JMullallyPost Office Superintendent
547MrsWhite
549Dr John WNesbitt
551MrsLindsay
553MissKeenan
555MrsGreer
557JELogan
559JaneStrafford
561RHSmithCommercial Agent
563JamesWalker
565E & M McGladeConfectioners
567R& C McGladeGrocers
569GMcGladeRosetta Garage
583WJMelvilleLabourer
585JJenkinsLabourer
587MrsGray
589ThomasBurnsCarter
591JKerleyPostal Official
593WWilliamsonPainter
595MissLindsay
597-601AThompson"Donnybrook"
603-611Mrs ElizabethRainey"Elsmere"
613Mrs SarahBell
615JHWallsAssistant Manager
617GeorgeHeslip
619WJGibson
621MrsElliott
2-18Belfast Corporation Gasworks
20Ulster Cycle Service Depot
22-24EdwardHodge
28FHKirkwoodBook Keeper
30James LArmstrong
32HarriettMartin
34Red Cross Salvage Depot
36CFCameronDentist
38-40J&JForsterGrocers
42HenryIrvineElectrical Engineer
44SJonesTobacconist
46RMacartneyPlumber
48MissMcKennaDraper
50Vacant
52-126North of Ireland Football and Cricket Cub
128RobertMartinDentist
128Harold LMartinSurgeon
130Braithewaite and McCannWine Merchants
132Joseph JMatthewsGrocer
134-136Vacant
138JamesAnderson
140-142EdwardMcEvoyPublican
144Mrs MaryGracey
146R&JHillFleshers
148ESCouser
150HYatesClerk
152MissHunter
154J&MDoweyHairdresser
154Thomas HPearsonJoiner
156HWalshStationer
158Mrs AGibsonConfectioner
160Ormeau Road Post Office
160NorahSurplusHairdresser
162BruceMenmuirWatchmaker
164JamesMcMasterGrocer
166SDuffProvision Merchant
168SinclairConnorPlumber
170-172TUprichardFruiterer
174TReaHairdresser
176Thompson's Bakers LtdBakery
178Irish Preserve and Confectionery Co
180Vacant
182Stewart's Cash Stores
184McDowell Brothers'Fleshers
186WJScottTraveller
188JohnMcCormackRoyal Ulster Constabulary
190Mrs MJHamilton
192Mrs MMcBride
194Mrs JanePotts
196MrsCurragh
198Robert DMontgomery
200MrsMillar
202MissMotramMusic Teacher
206-210TWHarpurGeneral Merchants
212-214Ormeau Public Park
216Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church
218WilliamWilson
220MrsMillen
222JBYoungSurgeon
224Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church Rest House
228JDowningDental Surgeon
230Dr MBPorterSurgeon
232MissParkMusic Teacher
234JDunwoodyPainter
236MrsRogerson
238ThomasReidPainter
240JohnJordanLinesman
242MargaretPeace
244-246Smyth and McClure Cash Stores
248Devonshire Laundry
250JohnMyersButcher
252JohnD'ArcyFishmonger
254HCampbellBootmaker
256MrsSmith
258JFinneyFruiterer
260Social Cafe
262MrsBusby
264CJohnstonCarter
266GeorgeBurrellSoldier
268Mrs MargaretMcCullough
270JamesReidLabourer
272WJPattonBricklayer
274Lough BrothersGents Outfitters
276Stewarts' Cash Stores
278Stevens' Cash Stores
280MargueriteLadies' Outfitters
282Stewarts Cash Stores
294Telephone Exchange
296-298MrsBellSpirit Merchant
300Curzon Cinema
302Miss FPitt
304AEnglandDraper
306BFaulknerHairdresser
308Castle Dye Works
310Gilpins'Gents Outfitters
312-318RHMaltmanMotor Agents and Hirers
320CharlesMcQuadeSpirit Merchant
322FFrazerGrocer
324TBCole
326BFMcHughJoiner
330Mrs JGCarrothers
332MrsPearce
334WMChristian
336Mrs SRea
338David AReaAssistant Shipyard Manager
340St Jude's Church of Ireland
342MrsWright
344JBeringer
346FScullin
348Presbytery of the Holy Rosary
350Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
352Nazareth House Home
354-360Vacant Ground
362Mrs HHobson
364WJHendronPublican
366MissHogg
366Fisher
366HAMcVeigh
368WJBourke
368JohnAndersonManufacturer
368HALayland
370Mrs MaryTate
372Dr GADonaldson
374St John's Presbyterian Church
376Rev WRMegaw
378St John's Presbyterian Church Lecture Hall
380Rosetta Nursing Home
382JClugstonOverseer
384Entrance to Garages
386MissShaw
388First Aid Post
390Belfast Co-Operative SocietyGrocers
392-398Vacant Ground
400WDuncan
402Miss RDevine
404Dr CharlesReid
406Major RGAnderson
408Miss MMoncrieff
410RADouglasEstate Agent
412Vacant
414JBMcCutcheonSolicitor
416-418Corporation Toll Office
420-422Miss IsabelSmythDraper
424-426Blair and RogersHome Bakery
428MrsMcClure
430MrsCurrie
432FJCromieButcher
434JCromie
436-438GSmythChemist
440-442OHLikenTobacconist
444-446TMScottGrocer
448AlfredShippManufacturer
450Mrs CharlotteFowler
452FCKerr"Derravaragh"

Places of Interest

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

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