The Curious Case of Tom McMahon, the Bangor Rower The Curious Case of Tom McMahon, the Bangor Rower
Ian Wilson
Recently there has been publicity locally for the intrepid Donegal man Henry O’Donnell, who is attempting to swim round Ireland for charity.

Hallowe'ens Past Hallowe'ens Past
Ellen Elder
I considered buying a turnip this week. It was very round and quite big and conjured up memories of my childhood Hallowe’ens in North Belfast.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (4) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (4)
Sandra Millsopp
Today a public house stands in Quay Street next to the Tower House. It dates back to about 1860 when it housed the Abercorn Hotel .

Make Presidents Great Again Make Presidents Great Again
Ellen Elder
The Democrats' donkey appellation originated with our own Irish-rooted 7th President and founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, dubbed a 'Jackass' by his 1828 campaign opponents.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (3) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (3)
Sandra Millsopp
The Stag's Head stood at the bottom of High Street at the corner with Bridge Street.

The Long Hole (or Big Hole) The Long Hole (or Big Hole)
Ian Wilson
A very recent planning application seeks to make the biggest change to this Bangor feature in its history.

Do I look Irish in This? Do I look Irish in This?
Ellen Elder
I discovered recently that men sporting a soup strainer were persona non grata in 15th century Dublin.

Ballyholme Showgrounds circa 1928 Ballyholme Showgrounds circa 1928
Ian Wilson
Perhaps the most striking thing about this wonderful aerial view of Ballyholme is that relatively little has changed in almost 100 years!

The Temple as a banqueting house The Temple as a banqueting house
Ellen Elder
In the 18th century, Mount Stewart gained its own socially distant banqueting house, about 15 minutes’ stroll from the mansion house.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (2) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (2)
Sandra Millsopp
The Beehive Hotel stood at the corner of Main Street and Mill Row.

North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group
Adrianne Brown (Leader, Bangor Heritage Group)
North Down Museum has a fascinating exhibition of panels and a film illustrating some of the rich commercial and industrial heritage of the North Down and Ards Council area.

Ahoy the Beagle! Ahoy the Beagle!
Ellen Elder
HMS Beagle has been located in the Essex mudflats. What's the local historical connection with this ship?


 Death of the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava
The Society sadly regrets the passing of our Patron, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, announced on Tuesday 27 October 2020. Lady Dufferin, as all who encountered her knew, was a tireless enthusiast for the history of her family and Clandeboye Estate as well as being passionate about art, travel and conservation. Our chairman, committee and members would like to record their deepest sympathy to the family circle.
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 have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020. An announcement will be made later this year about the 2021 part of this season's programme.
 NIWM Oral History Project
Michael Burns of the Northern Ireland War Memorial Oral History Project The War and Me, would be interested in hearing of stories from the war years if any of our members would like to contact him. You do not have to have experience of the war yourself but perhaps you have memories of your family's experiences, photos or documents of interest.

If you want to write it down it can be long or short and can include background, dates and places of birth, evacuation destinations etc. The Bangor area experienced bombing, had servicemen based here, are there any GI brides in your family, did you have an air raid shelter in your street or back garden, were any family members in the forces?

Contact Michael at the Northern Ireland War Memorial, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD for further information:

028 9032 0392 or 07588634847
Photo Feature
Seaside Revival Vintage Festival
Thanks to a donation from Bangor Historical Society, the Conversation Caravan was able to have a much needed make over, to allow it to be taken out at our Seaside Revival Vintage Festival on Saturday 6th July.
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