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‘A large, populous and beautiful town’?: Belfast in the Eighteenth Century (Talk 8)

23.11.2021, 18:30 P.M.

‘A large, populous and beautiful town’?: Belfast in the Eighteenth Century by Professor Raymond Gillespie

What shaped the booming town of eighteenth-century Belfast? In part it was general economic forces but more importantly was the hand of its landlords, the earls of Donegall whose chequered history was intimately tied to that of their main town. The Donegalls acted as early town planners laying out new urban areas while reshaping those that already existed. In the process a polite town emerged from a merely commercial one, endowed with both money making skills and more genteel attributes.

Raymond Gillespie teaches in the Department of History, Maynooth University. He has written extensively on the history of Belfast especially Early Belfast: the origins and growth of an Ulster town to 1750. He is also an editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Historic Towns Atlas series and the author of the fascicule on Belfast before 1850

Image: James Williamson’s map of Belfast and its environs, 1791. Reproduced courtesy of the Linen Hall Library

This pre-recorded Zoom talk will be issued at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd November and will be available to watch for seven days from issue. Talks cannot be reissued after the seven day period.

Talks are recognised as formal CPD by the RIAI (1 point)

This is the eighth and penultimate talk in the Irish Cities in the Georgian Era: architecture and urban morphology series.

Supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage.



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