All of the Spring/Summer 13 pieces are named after streets in Belfast. Here is a quick snap shot of each street sign…
Clarence Street – located in the Linen Quarter
Joy Street – located in the Linen Quarter
Ormeau Avenue – located in the Linen Quarter
Pottinger’s Entry – located in the Cathedral Quarter
Pottinger’s Entry connects Ann Street with High Street in almost a straight line. The principal attraction is a Victorian pub, The Morning Star. The arched entrance from Ann Street is also Victorian and was retained when the original building was demolished in the 1990s. This entrance is a popular spot for buskers. This is undoubtedly the most obvious of the Entries, featuring large wrought-iron signs above each entrance archway.
Skipper Street – located in the Cathedral Quarter
Exchange Place – located in the Cathedral Quarter
York Street – located on the edge of the Cathedral Quarter
The Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a developing area of the city, roughly situated between Royal Avenue near where the Belfast Central Library building is, and the Dunbar Link in the city centre. From one of its corners, the junction of Royal Avenue, Donegall Street and York Street, the Cathedral Quarter lies south and east. Part of the area, centred on Talbot Street behind the cathedral, was formerly called the Half Bap. The Cathedral Quarter also contains the former “Little Italy” area, centred on Little Patrick Street.
The Cathedral Quarter extends out to the edge of what can be referred as the old merchant quarter of the city. Past where the merchant area meets the Cathedral Quarter is still mostly merchant trade and services orientated and undeveloped for visitor services.
The Cathedral Quarter is so called because St Anne’s Cathedral lies at its heart. St. Anne’s or Belfast Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral.
Linen Quarter is the area of Belfast south of Belfast City Hall bounded by Donegall Square South, Bedford Street, Ormeau Avenue and Cromac Street. The name is derived from the fact that Linen Quarter was once home to many of the world’s great linen manufacturers that were so influential in the development of Belfast, a city once referred to as “Linenopolis”.
The site now occupied by Belfast City Hall was once the home of the White Linen Hall, an important international Linen Exchange. The Street that runs from the back door of Belfast City Hall through the middle of Linen Quarter is Linen Hall Street.
The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest cultural institutions, that occupies a site in Donegall Square North in front of today’s City Hall, started life within the walls of the White Linen Hall.