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City Hall Belfast

Belfast City Hall Has Lots Of Statues And Memorials

  

Statues and monuments on public view:

  

Korean Memorial

This granite memorial is for the 208 officers and men of the Royal Ulster Rifles killed or wounded at the Battle of Chaegunghyon on 3 January 1951 during the Korean War. It was relocated from St Patrick's Barracks in Ballymena to the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall in May 2008. It was originally erected near the South Korean capital, Seoul, but was brought to Northern Ireland in 1962.

 

Titanic Memorial

Moved to its current location on 24 March 1960, this memorial was originally unveiled on 26 June 1920 in Donegall Square North. It is the last work of acclaimed sculptor Thomas Brock who died two months after its unveiling.

 

The Belfast-built RMS Titanic, part of the White Star Line, sank on 15 April 1912. In the memorial, the female figure of Thane looks down upon two sea nymphs as they rise from the waves with the body of a drowned seaman in their arms. The names of the dead include the ship's designer Thomas Andrews and doctor John Simpson.

 

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria succeeded King William IV on 20 June 1837 and her coronation took place a year later. The memorial was erected to celebrate the monarch's jubilee and was paid for by public shilling subscription. It was built by Thomas Brock and unveiled by King Edward VII on 27 July 1903. The Sicilian marble statue is 11 feet high. On each side are two life-size bronze figures which represent spinning and shipbuilding respectively. At the back is a bronze figure of a child, thought to represent education.

 

Sir Edward Harland

A memorial to Sir Edward J Harland Bart MP, the former head of Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yard and Mayor of Belfast from 1885 to 1886, was unveiled on 23 June 1903 by the Earl of Glasgow. It was also sculpted by Thomas Brock.

Belfast War Memorial (Cenotaph)

 

The Belfast War Memorial is in the form of a cenotaph with the background of a colonnade. The memorial was unveiled by Field Marshall Viscount Allenby on Armistice Day, 11 November 1929. It was designed by Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and constructed by WJ Campbell between 1925 and 1927. The colonnade consists of a Greek order of columns on a stylobate with an enriched cornice and balustrade.

 

Statue of Sir James Horner Haslett. James Horner Haslett (January 1832 - 18 August 1905) was an Irish Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1885 to 1886. Haslett was the son of the Rev. Henry Haslett of Castlereagh, co. Down and his wife Mary Wilson daughter of John Wilson, linen merchant of Drumcroon, Coleraine. He was educated at Academical Institute Belfast and became a chemist and druggist. He was an alderman, and a J.P. of Belfast. At the 1885 general election Haslett was elected Member of Parliament for Belfast West. He held the seat until 1886. He was mayor of Belfast in 1887 and knighted in the same year. He was mayor again in 1888. Haslett died at the age of 73.

  

Monument to William James Pirrie, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Shipbuilder.

William James Pirrie, Viscount Pirrie, also called (1909–21) Baron Pirrie Of Belfast (born May 31, 1847, Quebec, Canada East [now Quebec province, Canada]—died June 7, 1924, at sea), Irish shipbuilder who controlled the largest ship-construction firm in the world and built the liner Titanic. In 1862 Pirrie became apprentice to the Belfast shipbuilding firm of Harland and Wolff. By the time he was 27 he had been made a partner and was soon left in almost exclusive control. He traveled widely to gain experience in ship design and to study practical shipping requirements. He contributed much to the burgeoning steel shipbuilding industry, and for many years the largest passenger liners in the world came from his yards, notably the Olympic, the Britannic, and the Titanic. Pirrie was also prominent in the development of the diesel engine for marine propulsion. Created a baron in 1906, Pirrie became a viscount in 1921. As comptroller general of merchant shipbuilding in 1918, he helped replace British shipping lost to submarine warfare. He was also mainly responsible for introducing the idea of standardizing ships, a principle that was adopted in Britain and the United States during World War II. Pirrie’s marriage was childless, and the peerage became extinct at his death.

   

Monument to Royal Irish Rifles.

  

Monument to Frederick Temple. 1826-1902; 1st Marquis of Dufferin and Ava; diplomat and author; born Florence, son of Helen Blackwood and descendent of R. B. Sheridan; wrote Narrative of a Journey from Oxford to Skibbereen in the Year of the Irish Famine (1847) while at Oxford student, his sole work which is not in the spirit of the comic essay and the aristocratic travels journal; also writings advocating emigration that drew nationalist fire; Letters from High Latitudes (1859), a journal of yachting voyage to Iceland; celebrated wit; became governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India, and British Ambassador to many countries; subscribing patron to the Abbey theatre at its foundation; wrote introduction the W. Fraser Rae’s Sheridan: A Biography (1870); Dufferin’s last days were clouded by financial difficulties; his eldest son was killed in South Africa (Boer War); his youngest died in an airplane accident; d. Clandeboye, Co. Antrim; monument at Belfast City Hall; his son and successor, Lord Basil Blackwood, was grievously wounded in the First World War and killed on returning to the Front; Lady Dufferin lived to an old age, and was the recipient of the ‘blessing’ of the women of India, put into verse by Rudyard Kipling ("Lady, lo, they know and love ..."); a grandson was killed near Ava in Burma (from whence the title) during the Second World War; the life of a great-grandson was blighted by heroine; The memorial on the west side of the City Hall in Belfast is a standing figure and elaborate plinth in memory of Frederick Temple, Ist Marquess Dufferin and Ava, KP, 1826-1902, Gov. Gen. of India, Viceroy; HM Lieutenant of Co. Down, raised to ‘a great Irishman’; there is a life of Lord Dufferin by Harold Nicholson (Helen’s Tower, 1937).

  

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Taken on April 28, 2011