Photograph of the Day – Where in Belfast City Centre is this?

Where in Belfast City Centre?

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  • Congal Claen

    The Bradford and Bingley beside SS Moore’s?

  • That seems to be it, CC. Was this structure formerly known as Payne’s Buildings and, if so, who was Payne?

  • Congal Claen

    Not sure Nevin. There was a Payne involved with Harland and Wolff. Maybe him?

  • That would be Charles Payne, CBE, JP, Managing Director of Harland and Wolff. I think he gets a nod on one of the plaques for the stained-glass in St Anne’s Cathedral.

    I just located an image of the man himself [“the vain and ineffectual managing director of the Belfast shipyards”] at a 1925 ship-launch.

    Y’know, I recall Belfast from half-a-century gone, and the grit and the smoke-grime of an industrial city. When buildings are cleaned-up, I can see why there are odd-balls championing Victorian and Edwardian frolics.

  • joeCanuck

    That building looks like the entrance to the Belfast Corporation Electricity Department offices at East Bridge Street. Can’t be though; it was demolished quite a few years ago (I think).

  • joeCanuck

    And I’m guessing that the building is not in East Belfast 😉

  • john

    Lord Kylsant in the photo looks as if he has the longest legs in the world!

  • dwatch

    john wrote: ‘Lord Kylsant in the photo looks as if he has the longest legs in the world!’

    His long legs did not help him run away. Like many of the fur coat brigade of his day Lord Kylsant was a charlatan.

    ‘Lord Kylsant acquired the Ocean Steam Navigation Company (trading as the White Star Line) in 1927 for £7 million (£300,000,000 in today’s money). He was appointed Vice-Admiral of Carmarthenshire and Vice-Admiral of North Wales in 1929.
    In August 1931 Lord Kylsant was tried at the Old Bailey for fraud for issuing a misleading stock prospectus and was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment at Wormwood Scrubs, in what was known as the Royal Mail Case. As a gentleman he could and did have all his meals sent in from a first-class caterer. The legal bill for the case was £200,000 (£9,000,000 in today’s money). The man who was known as “Napoleon of the Seas” when he dominated the White Star, Royal Mail and numerous other lines said to the two warders who were hovering nearby, “My good men, I am ready to go with you.”[3] Lord Kylsant was stripped of his knighthoods following his conviction.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Philipps,_1st_Baron_Kylsant

  • Corner of Callander St & Chichester St
    It’s been rebranded as a Santander building Society.
    Far too easy this one