Update from BHS Chairman Ian Wilson
Well here we are into April and still unable to name a date to start our activities again! When the restrictions ease regarding outdoor gatherings, I am still keen to organise outings to local places of interest in the near vicinity – to get us back together.
We are starting to think of the 2021-22 lecture season but until we know what the state of play is with the venue in the Museum, it is hard to plan. Nevertheless we are optimistic that the postponed 2020-21 speakers will be available again. I gather that the Walled Garden and outdoor café resume on 1 April so that is a start in a historic spot. Perhaps that might be an idea for a group?
We also have a promise to visit Bangor Abbey and see the refurbishment, towards which our Society contributed.
I foresee that resorts like Bangor will be busier than for many decades this summer, and offerings like walking tours could be very popular. I have done PA commentary in past summers for Brian Meharg’s historical boat trips on the Lough, and fingers crossed these could be very popular too (part of the Council’s Talks and Tours programme).
Please continue to access this website, on which you will find an ever-changing selection of interesting articles by our members!
Easter Tuesday: Bombs on Bangor
Ian Wilson  15th-16th April is the 80th anniversary of the Easter Tuesday bombing in Bangor when fourteen bombs fell and five people were killed..
Good Egg Hunting
Ellen Elder  Thanks to local lad Sir Hans Sloane, the good news is that now Lent is over you can safely eat or drink chocolate without feeling guilty.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th Century (7)
Sandra Millsopp  The Harbour Bar stood in Quay Street opposite the harbour and the steamboat pier.
Ellen Elder  On Wednesdays Lady Edith Londonderry hosted in her “Ark” of Londonderry House, an eclectic gathering of friends involved in war work such as politicians (of all persuasions), society hostesses, odd relations, king’s messengers, service personnel, artists and writers.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th Century (6)
Sandra Millsopp  The first mention of the Star Bar I have found was in July 1890 when Joseph Roache, proprietor, advertised for a barmaid.
Anti-Slavery Meetings in Bangor in 1846 & 1851
Patricia Norrington  The famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass and the African-American abolitionist Reverend Henry Highland Garnet both gave lectures in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.
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
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)
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)
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
Patricia Norrington  Patricia 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
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.
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.
Photo Feature
Seaside Revival Panels
Open House Festival has placed blow-ups of old photos and postcards on the hoardings round the major works being undertaken by NI Water at the foot of Stricklandís Glen and on Brompton Road.
 Annual Report 2019
The Society's Annual Report & Accounts for 2019 can be downloaded here.
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