South Belfast centres on the River Lagan in Belfast, Co. Antrim. Today, it is a mixed area containing many of the city's more exclusive areas as well as Queen's University.
The main demographic of the area is seem a young, cosmopolitan and middle-class. Inner-city working-class areas such as The Markets in the Ormeau make up several suburban estates. This part of Belfast contains Northern Ireland’s largest concentrations of students and ethnic minority groups.
Throughout World War Two, the area saw use as a staging post for the US Army and many large houses and estates became military headquarters. The south of the city escaped severe damage during the Belfast Blitz of 1941.
Apsley Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Apsley Street lies to the south of Belfast city centre connecting Bankmore Street to Ormeau Avenue. The surrounding area is much changed from the 1940s.
Blythe Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Blythe Street runs off Sandy Row in south-west Belfast, Co. Antrim. During wartime, several serving members of the forces lived on the working-class street.
Donegall Pass, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Donegall Pass runs between two of south Belfast's main thoroughfares; Shaftesbury Square and Ormeau Road. An Air Raid Precautions Post stood there in 1943.
Eliza Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Eliza Street in East Belfast lies off Cromac Street running towards Stewart Street. The markets area of the city remains a mainly working class community.
Linfield Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Linfield Road lies off andy Row in South Belfast, Co. Antrim. In the 1940s it was a hive of industry with both tobacco and linen manufacturers based there.