Message from BHS Chairman Ian Wilson
Sadly there appears no prospect of meeting in the museum before April at the earliest. Your committee will try to organise outdoor meetings in the spring at local places of interest - bearing in mind restrictions.
The Society helped with the project to place old photos and postcards of the area on the tall hoardings at the waste-water work at the foot of Strickland's Glen and of Brompton Road. Have a stroll past if you haven't seen them!
Interest in local history continues to grow. The Council will shortly start work improving the Moat, Donaghadee, an Anglo-Norman motte-and-bailey surmounted by a mock castle, built as a gunpowder store for blasting at the new harbour. Also, they plan to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the commencement of Donaghadee harbour works in 2021, and the 200th anniversary of the death of Viscount Castlereagh the statesman from Mount Stewart in 2022.
Contributions to this site are always welcome!
I am sure we can look forward to all meeting again with renewed enthusiasm!
Here is the News! Here is the News!
Ellen Elder
I’ve been musing a bit on how and why we gather and disseminate information. Historically, the sending and receiving of messages was limited by the available technology.

Safe Driving is No Accident Safe Driving is No Accident
Ellen Elder
It’s a long time since Lady Londonderry’s father, Viscount Chaplin, abolished the man with the red flag and raised the speed limit from 4 to 14 miles per hour.

Miss Eliza Johnston (c1820-1906) Miss Eliza Johnston (c1820-1906)
Patricia Norrington
Eliza Johnston ran various hospitality establishments in Belfast and Bangor from 1866 until her death on 11 August 1906.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th Century (5) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th Century (5)
Sandra Millsopp
The Ava stands at the junction of Main Street and Catherine Place – now Dufferin Avenue. Its construction dates back to about 1840.

A Tour of Newtownards, September 2020 A Tour of Newtownards, September 2020
Patricia Norrington
Patricia Norrington went on a tour organised by Ards & North Down U3A and led by Brian McDonald, Chair of Newtownards Historical Society.

Old Photos and Postcards appear in Bangor Old Photos and Postcards appear in Bangor
Ian Wilson
With no Seaside Revival Day this year, efforts have gone in other directions, including placing blow-ups of old photos and postcards on hoardings round the major works being undertaken by NI Water.

Life is short - smile while you still have teeth Life is short - smile while you still have teeth
Ellen Elder
Seeing a tee shirt in a souvenir shop in Thailand put me in mind of an article about local dentists in an old edition of the County Down Spectator

The Spanish influenza 1918-1919 The Spanish influenza 1918-1919
Patricia Norrington
Patricia Norrington looks at the effect of the three waves of the Spanish Flu epidemic in North Down.

Pastimes in Times Past Pastimes in Times Past
Ellen Elder
These days when we are all missing our organisations, clubs, societies I thought about other times when Bangorians may have had their activites curtailed.

The Curious Case of Tom McMahon, the Bangor Rower The Curious Case of Tom McMahon, the Bangor Rower
Ian Wilson
Recently there has been publicity locally for the intrepid Donegal man Henry O’Donnell, who is attempting to swim round Ireland for charity.

Hallowe'ens Past Hallowe'ens Past
Ellen Elder
I considered buying a turnip this week. It was very round and quite big and conjured up memories of my childhood Hallowe’ens in North Belfast.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (4) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (4)
Sandra Millsopp
Today a public house stands in Quay Street next to the Tower House. It dates back to about 1860 when it housed the Abercorn Hotel .

Make Presidents Great Again Make Presidents Great Again
Ellen Elder
The Democrats' donkey appellation originated with our own Irish-rooted 7th President and founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, dubbed a 'Jackass' by his 1828 campaign opponents.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (3) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (3)
Sandra Millsopp
The Stag's Head stood at the bottom of High Street at the corner with Bridge Street.

The Long Hole (or Big Hole) The Long Hole (or Big Hole)
Ian Wilson
A very recent planning application seeks to make the biggest change to this Bangor feature in its history.

Do I look Irish in This? Do I look Irish in This?
Ellen Elder
I discovered recently that men sporting a soup strainer were persona non grata in 15th century Dublin.

Ballyholme Showgrounds circa 1928 Ballyholme Showgrounds circa 1928
Ian Wilson
Perhaps the most striking thing about this wonderful aerial view of Ballyholme is that relatively little has changed in almost 100 years!

The Temple as a banqueting house The Temple as a banqueting house
Ellen Elder
In the 18th century, Mount Stewart gained its own socially distant banqueting house, about 15 minutes’ stroll from the mansion house.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (2) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (2)
Sandra Millsopp
The Beehive Hotel stood at the corner of Main Street and Mill Row.

North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group
Adrianne Brown (Leader, Bangor Heritage Group)
North Down Museum has a fascinating exhibition of panels and a film illustrating some of the rich commercial and industrial heritage of the North Down and Ards Council area.


About Bangor Historical Society
Between September and April of each year we run a programme of regular Lectures and Visits on aspects of History, Folklore, Archaeology and Antiquities with a special reference to our local area of Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

Members and visitors are very welcome to attend our meetings which begin at 8pm on the second Thursday of each month.

All meetings and outings have been cancelled until further notice.
 Death of Mrs Daphne Hamill
Daphne Hamill

The Society records with deep regret the passing on Christmas Eve 2020 of our former President Mrs Daphne Hamill, who had been an active member of the Society for many years. Our thoughts are with the family circle at this time.
-- Ian Wilson, Chairman
I am very sorry to hear about the death of Daphne Hamill. She was a stalwart supporter of BHS over so many years and served on Committee again over many years. She was a regular attender at meetings and particularly enjoyed the outings. Daphne had many interests and especially had a direct involvement in athletics. Not only did she write a brief history about athletics in an early BHS publication but served as President in athletics and in BHS. Her contributions were much valued and her support and work for the Society was greatly appreciated. Daphne will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with her.
-- Bob McKinley, President
 Annual Report 2019
The Society's Annual Report & Accounts for 2019 can be downloaded here.
Photo Feature
Seaside Revival Vintage Festival
Thanks to a donation from Bangor Historical Society, the Conversation Caravan was able to have a much needed make over, to allow it to be taken out at our Seaside Revival Vintage Festival on Saturday 6th July.
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