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C S Lewis (1898-1963) born in one of a pair of houses, Dundela Villas, in Ballyhackamore, Belfast. Son of Albert James Lewis, a solicitor. When he was six his family moved into Little Lea in Strandtown,which his father had built.
"In 1905, my seventh year, the first great change in my life took place. We moved house. My father, growing, I suppose in prosperity, decided to leave the semi-detachd villa in which I had been born and build himself a much larger house, further out in what was then the country. The 'New House', as we continued for years to call it, was a large one even by my present standards; to a child it seemed less like a house than a city."
Little Lea
churchboard
His grandfather was the first minister at St. Mark's at Dundella
Lion
The doorknocker was a lion. This is now on the door of the house next to the church, but please respect the owner's privacy.

Initially went to Wynward School in Watford, Herts. Later briefly went to Campbell College, at Knock, east of Belfast. He had respiratory problems and was sent to Cherbourg House in the health-resort, Malvern.
C.S.Lewis, often stayed at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, where he honeymooned with his wife, Joy Davidman Gresham. The Old Inn is truly the oldest inn in Ireland, thatched roof and all. It is said to be an old smugglers' inn.

Old Inn
The Old Inn
"An obligation to feel can freeze feeling." His later rejoining of Christianity was philosophical, not emotional.
Lewis was married,in 1956, to Joy Davidman Gresham. Her death proceeded her husband's by some three years. C. S. Lewis died, at his home in Headington, Oxford, on November 24, 1963. A major collection of his works is held by Wheaton College in Illinois.

This statue stands in front of Holywood Road Branch Library. I am told that the library in Belfast where Larkin worked was the one in Royal Avenue


photographs copyright D.M.E.Baird


Philip Larkin (1922-1985) In October 1950, he became Sub-Librarian at Queen's University, Belfast.

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was in Belfast for a year from the autumn of 1853


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