In 2019 the cast and crew of Antiques Road Trip visited Clifton House to hear the story of Mary Ann McCracken. The episode featuring Clifton House will air on 28th January at 16:30 on BBC One. Don't forget to tune in!
The reasons for individuals coming into the Poor House were numerous. On this day, 7th Jan 1819, Dr Magee requested the admission of John Gribben, aged 47, into the Poor House Hospital. John was a carman who was “robbed and much injured in his person about a week since on the road between this and Antrim." To hear more about the history of the Poor House, why not come along on one of our Philanthropy Past & Present Tours? Every Friday 3pm and still only £6.50 per person
The Rev Dr Henry Cooke was one of the most influential Presbyterian ministers of the 19th century and personified the 'victory' of Old-Light over the more liberal New-Light Presbyterians, many of the latter from a previous generation were United Irishmen and members of the Belfast Charitable Society. Like many influential Presbyterians in Belfast, Rev Dr Cooke became involved in the Belfast Charitable Society. He died on December 13 1868 and was buried in Balmoral Cemetery. His obituary in the Belfast Newsletter ran for over 4 columns, commenting that ‘a Prince of the church had fallen’. On this day, 2nd January 1869, [...]