The Linen Houses of the Lagan Valley
By the late 19th century, Belfast had developed into one of the great industrial cities in the Empire. Much of this new-found wealth was based on the manufacture of linen.
The opulent lifestyle that came to be so characteristic of the great linen barons is reflected perhaps best of all in the houses they built. Many travelled from their imposing mansions in the Lagan Valley into the city on the new Great Northern Railway. Others lived in equally resplendent houses near the linen works they had already established on the River Lagan.
This book provides an illustrated and informed commentary on the major linen families and the magnificent houses they lived in along the Lagan Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries. The images - exterior views of the actual houses, interior scenes of the stately rooms and portraits of their owners, many selected from private collections of the families themselves - present tantalising and poignant glimpses of a bygone age when Belfast was justifiably known as ‘Linenopolis’.
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- Ulster Historical Foundation
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