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A Glimpse of North Belfast Tour
Sat 22 April 2017, 14:00 – 17:00 BST
Our visit to North Belfast will begin at Carlise Memorial Methodist Church, a striking landmark building standing as an entrance gateway to North Belfast. This Grade B+ listed church was designed by W.H. Lynn, once a partner of Sir Charles Lanyon.
Situated in the heart of one of the most troubled areas of the City, the congregration of this church declined rapidly during the 1960s and 1970s, finally closing in 1982. The church was initially purchased by the Ulster Provident Housing Association and used for a short time as an artist's workspace. Belfast Buildings Preservation Trust expressed an interest in the building in 1997 and launched a campaign for its regeneration in 2008. The Turst successfully nominated the building for inclusion on the World Monument Fund Watch 2010.
Following a tour of Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church the visit will continue to St Malachy's College. This imposing Grade B1 listed building built between 1865 and 1868 to designs by John O'Neill, on a site that had been occupied by the Diocesan Seminary of Down and Connor since 1833.
This impressive complex of red brick school buildings exhibits an array of High Victorian detailing. The exterior is largely intact while unfortunately much of the internal fabric was periodically replaced during the twentieth century. Still serving its original function, the school is enhanced by the attached St. Malachy's chapel and forms a significant part of the wider built heritage of North Belfast.
Meeting at 2pm at Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church with a tour lasting approx. 1 hour. At 3.30pm the tour will continue at St. Malachy's College aiming to conclude by 5pm.
Tea/Coffee refreshments will be provided on arrival at St. Malachy's College.