Articles on Local History
Captain William Brown of Bangor and a Mystery of the Sea
Prompted by the news in The Times of 30 August 2019, that the wreck of the paddle steamer Lelia has been found off North Wales and granted protected status on the advice of Historic England …
Sir Thomas Wilson: Pillar of Ulster Society - and Bootlegger!
Sir Thomas Wilson (1863-1930) was the first Mayor of Bangor after it was created a Borough in 1927, and the first Freeman of the Borough.
Visit to Pogue's Entry, Antrim
Donated by author Dr Alexander Irvine in memory of his mother, the little Irish two room cottage enabled the town to celebrate his own life and times as well as that of his poverty stricken mixed marriage family.
Cockle Row, Groomsport - beachcomber's delight!
The little beach in front of these ancient cottages seems at first glance like any other shingly patch of sand. But closer inspection reveals a curious thing.
Killymoon and the Stone Circles
Ellen Elder reports on the Spring Outing to Kilymoon and Beaghmore.
Northern Ireland and Tierra del Fuego
Captain Mahood of Portavogie and the crew of the River Lagan were shipwrecked on uninhabited Staten Island for six weeks; and then there is Captain Robert Fitzroy of the Beagle.
How First Bangor nearly lost its tree …
Perhaps the best known landmark in Bangor Town Centre, for visitors and residents alike, is “the church with the big tree” on Main Street. The tree was planted around 1843 by First Presbyterian Church Bangor’s longest serving minister, Rev Hugh Woods.
Ulster Sayings that mean something to me - so they do!
Ellen Elder takes a look back at some of the more amusing Ulster Sayings from her youth.
Bangor Christian Heritage Trail and Mobile App
Ards and North Down Borough Council, with support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, are promoting the recently established “Bangor Christian Heritage Walking Trail and Mobile App”.
9th Century Bells Exhibition
An exhibition in North Down Museum from 20 May to 28 June is bringing together three important early Christian bells - the Bangor Bell (above), the Lough Lene Bell and the Cashel Bell - for first time since they were cast over 1,200 years ago!
What can you tell us?
Can you tell us more about this mystery photograph supplied by Nick Wolsey?
An idea whose time had come …
The introduction of British Summer Time in 1916 seemed simple enough - however it proved slightly more complicated in Bangor!
Local Heroes of the Great War
During the Great War, the civilian population, in the absence of home radio, was receiving the bulk of its information about the conflict from local daily and weekly papers.
A History of Bangor
A timeline of the town's history since 500 BC, when Bronze age settlers were living in the area, up until the present day