Update from BHS Chairman Ian Wilson
To restart activities and give a chance for members to meet again, a guided walk round the exterior of the Town Hall, Bangor Castle, has been arranged for 1030 on Thursday 1 July. It will be led by Leanne Briggs of North Down Museum and will cover the architecture, the grounds and the family. Meet at the Museum at 1030. There will be no charge. Groups are a maximum of 15.

Also, while waiting if necessary, there are two new temporary exhibitions in the museum and of course the café. If you wish to go please contact Ronnie McClements.

There are other possibilities for outings in the summer. No confirmation has been possible yet as to whether we can restart monthly evening meetings in September. It is hoped simply to repeat the abandoned 2020-21 programme.

The Betsy Gray Cafe
Ian Wilson  Near Six Road Ends there is a cafe named after Betsy Gray who, according to a very strong local legend, followed her boyfriend Willie Boal to the Battle of Ballynahinch in June 1798.
Bangor Boats: Part 3
Patricia Norrington  Railway company steamers, the death of Captain Alexander McCorquodale, and the Bangor Boat sails again!
Bangor Boats: Part 2
Patricia Norrington  Messrs Moore Brothers, the Belfast, Bangor and Larne Steamboat Company, the Bangor Boats Race, and a steamship company goes bust.
About Time
Ellen Elder  That there was a County Down Sundial Trail was news to me before I started to research the Mount Stewart sundial for my garden tours.
Bangor Boats: Part 1
Patricia Norrington  On Friday 19 April 1816, the wooden paddle steamer, Greenock arrived at Bangor to become first steamer to cross from Scotland to Ireland.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th Century (8)
Sandra Millsopp  For well over a century there was a public house at the corner of Main Street and Queen’s Parade where the Red Berry now stands.
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.
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.
Forthcoming Events