Images of the Cave Hill, Bellvue and Hazelwood from years long past. Some to remember and some to discover!

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Climbing up to the caves

The view from the top of Cave Hill

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Railing, erected to assist climbers

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The focus now changes to the Cavehill Road, the main route to the Hill. This area has also changed over the years. Before the Castle was surrounded by trees and houses, it was clearly visible from the road.

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Belfast Castle and the Chapel before there were any trees around them.

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Getting the hay in at Castle Grounds

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This scene in Salisbury Ave was used in the opening of the  film 'Closing the Ring'

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The old Green Road with the tracks visible

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The Waterworks on the Cavehill Road with Cave Hill in the background.

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The top pond was 40 ft deep when diving was popular in the Waterworks

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Cavehiill Road, the fire station now occupies the site to the left.

Travel on from the Cavehill Road and along to the Antrim Road, you will reach Hazelwood, Bellvue and the Zoological Gardens.  These have changed with the passage of time and the photos below give a glimpse of how they were.

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The former entrance to the Zoological Gardens

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Hazelwood, looking over Foral Hall and the pond.

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The old Tea House

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Children playing at the pond with the pedal boats in view

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Floral Hall by day and by night

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The Zoological Gardens, amusements and children's playground

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And the Zoo's most famous inhabitant!

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Some additional photos of locations in North Belfast, giving glimpses of earlier times.

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Bomb damage, Shahdarragh Park. In 1941 there was the German Luftwaffe's first, of four, attacks over Belfast.

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The same street on VE Day, 8 May 1945

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This house is still standing at the bottom of the road.