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Wednesday 20 August 2014

In Pictures: Belfast at 400

Smithfield market, Belfast.Young boy in a shop selling household furniture lamps and bric a brac. 26/11/1941
Smithfield market, Belfast.Young boy in a shop selling household furniture lamps and bric a brac. 26/11/1941
The stitching room of the Belfast Collar Company
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The stitching room of the Belfast Collar Company
The interior of Belfast City Hall.  1951
BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE
The interior of Belfast City Hall. 1951

It's been an eventful 400 years – tumultuous and industrious in equal measure.

Belfast bears little resemblance to the town it was back in 1613 when it had a population of just 200, no bridges and was perched on a sandbank.

But the Royal Charter granted to the town four centuries ago this year laid the foundations for the city we know today.

And the moment is being celebrated in a programme of events.

The Belfast 400 festival is taking place over four days at Easter with a fun-filled programme to mark the 400th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted by King James I in 1613. Belfast was declared a city in 1888.

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