A resource for the history of Bloomfield: through the farm to the 'big house', the village, housing development and suburb -- including the 1851 mill disaster (12 workmen killed).
Finding your way around the site: Please click on the specific periods at
the top and bottom of each page.
I acknowledge with thanks the assistance of the East Belfast Historical Society and Wesley Thompson. The Society's DVD, The Past in Pictures, grant-aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, along with John Auld's comprehensive article on Bloomfield in the Society's Journal, Vol.3 No.2, 1994, provided a treasure trove of historic photographs and a rich source of information. It was John Auld's drawing of Bloomfield House as he remembered it which set this website project in motion.
Site last updated 11 March 2016.
Added more information on the Beer family in relation to Ballymaconaghy townland and Beer's Bridge, c.1659.