First published in 1877, George Benn's seminal A History of the Town of Belfast continues to be very much in demand. With information on the topography of Belfast city; the history of the Presbyterian church; tenant rights; trade, industry and communications; water supplies; contemporary demographics; educational institutions; and, notable individuals and families, Benn's lively, accessible and sometimes quirky approach to history makes this book an essential text for students, academics, genealogists and local historians, as well as anyone with an interest in Irish History up to the Victorian era. This facsimile edition reproduces the original text, maps and illustrations, and includes new supplementary material, such as a preface, a list of corrections and a revised index.
George Benn was born in Tandragee, County Armagh, in 1801 and educated in Belfast. A celebrated scholar and philanthropist, he wrote numerous papers on Belfast history, culminating in the magisterial A History of the Town of Belfast. Benn and his brother, Edward, also ran a distillery in County Down and an iron-ore mine in County Antrim. Their charitable donations were instrumental in establishing a church on York Street and three Belfast hospitals. Volume I of A History of the Town of Belfast was published in 1877 by Marcus Ward & Company, Belfast. Volume II followed in 1880. George Benn died just two years later in 1882.
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