Rev. Richard E. Kirby - February
This is fantastic. In my two trips to Ulster this
is the first time I have heard of this!
Jude Whyte - December '04
As part of my work in the world of Community Care
I often visited Clifton House and was seduced by the
age, feeling and kindness of the staff and members.
On one occasion in November I had reason to visit
a student, now sadly deceased, called Tommy Leckey.
Tommy ran programmes for the elderly and was a model
student. He showed me the Bell Tower and we both were
amazed by the height of the same and what this bell
tower would have seen over the years looking over
our great city of Belfast. Amazing as it seems we
felt like two school kids, being afraid of been caught
by the cross school master as we compared notes on
our respective views (literally and metaphorically)
of Belfast .
I often wonder does Tommy look Down on us now and
would love to hear from anybody who had the luck to
meet in Clifton House in the Late 1990's.
Anne - June 2004
Where is the water fountain? It used to be outside
the charitable institution (Clifton House) in North
Queen Street. Does anyone know what happened to it?
Raymond O'Regan - June 2004
- In the late 1600s Belfast's water
supply was served from rivers and streams e.g.
the Farset but these
became clogged up with household waste, etc
- 1678 The sovereign Capt. George
McCartney gave permission to "Black" George McCartney
and a Capt. Robt Leathes to run wooden pipes from
a tuck dam near present day Millfield to supply Belfast
town with fresh water (the cost was £250).
- 1773 Wm. "pipewater" Johnstone
from Newforge made an abortive attempt to supply
- 1795 The Belfast Charitable
Society had been supplying some of Belfast's
its own spring so they applied to Lord Donegall
and were eventually granted the rights to provide
water supply to Belfast. The society was responsible
for the town's water supply up until-
- 1840 when
this function was taken on by the water commissioners.
(The cost to the society of providing Belfast's
water was c. £30,000). As part of the agreement the
society still receives £800 per annum and
gets a free supply of water through a 1" pipe
to Clifton House.
A full history of Belfast's water supply can
be seen in the Sept/Oct edition of the "Belfast " magazine.
A. McAllister - Oakville, Ontario
I was most interested in the article
on Clifton House, my dad James Mc Allister worked
there in the early 50's. He took care of the Boilers
in the Boiler room. I can remember so well my visits
to the place.
Thank you for the fond memories.