‘”Like an Old Cathedral City”: Belfast Welcomes Queen Victoria, August 1849’,

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Belfast, with its history of communal violence, is normally seen as lying outside the mainstream of nineteenth-century British urban development. The visit of Queen Victoria in 1849 suggests a more complex, less linear picture. What emerges is an urban identity in transition, in which aspirations to conform to an ideal of civic harmony temporarily overrode acute sectarian and political divisions, where pride in recent economic achievement sat uneasily alongside an awareness of the town’s newcomer status, and where an emerging sense of regional difference competed with a continuing assumption of Irish identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-589
Number of pages19
JournalUrban History
Issue number4
Early online date11 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • History

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