Belfast Telegraph

Aerial of Belfast Harbour, Thompson Wharf. 12/8/1937

The Industrial Revolution transformed Belfast, making it Ireland’s biggest city – and it all began with the port. 

When King James I granted a Charter of Incorporation to Belfast on April 27 1613, he elevated the town to the status of a corporate borough. There was a clause in this Charter which also gave permission for the establishment of a new quay through which “all and singular merchants, as well inhabitants as foreigners, and all other our liege subjects whatsoever” should be allowed to import and export “all kinds of merchandise or other things.”

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