THE UPPER CRESCENT IN BELFAST
One of the finest examples of Regency-style planning in Belfast, in the late 1800s Upper and Lower Crescent were home to the city’s professionals who had moved to the South as town centre premises were being turned into retail outlets. Residents were attracted by the elegant three storey dwellings and close proximity to the bustling Queen’s College, which opened its doors in 1849.
Aside from Robert Corry himself, who lived in No. 16 Upper Crescent with his family, the Crescent’s most famous resident was Margaret Byers. A pioneer of women’s education, a philanthropist and a suffragist, Margaret founded one of the first purpose-built schools for girls in Ireland in Lower