This working-class dockland community is located in the dock areas of Belfast. It was established in the mid-19th century on a land that was partly reclaimed from the catholic and protestant population. The urban redevelopment in the late 1960s led to the demolition of major areas of the once buzzing waterfront enclave.
However, there has been a steady growth in population since 2010 with private investments in the greater docks area. The history of the town dates back to the mid-19th century and this was Belfast’s first waterfront village. It came into existence when Belfast’s industry was expanding and flourishing.
Sailortown had a large fire station, linen mills, factories, a hotel, a variety of shops, businesses, and many pubs. Boxing clubs and cinemas later popped. During the Second World War parts of Sailortown were destroyed when bombs were rained down on the town.
There have, however, been efforts to regenerate the town with new houses and apartment buildings getting erected as part of the Sailortown regeneration scheme. The regeneration experts are working to carry out the essential repairs as they employ experts to advise on the proper use and conservation where the future generations can live, work, and play.
Sailortown has experienced a huge investment boost in the past 20 years. The docks and quays are beginning to take shape and become the heartbeat of Belfast. The revitalization summed up by the Titanic development has displayed Belfast’s docks to a worldwide audience as well as giving rise to millions of money in investment, job creation, and wealth.
In recent years, there has been a change in the landscape of Sailortown. Once a thriving community, the town now is mostly filled with office blocks apartment buildings, and car parks. The main focus is not just on the buildings alone but to put more focus on the local people and tourism. The focus is to bring the community back to settle in the area.
Sailortown is gradually starting to grow as a community, there many families settling in the area. As a result of this, there are many children in the area and weekly children’s groups are organized. The church also offers a great music venue. The great acoustics in the church provide the best musical platform with plans underway to provide hire services for concerts.
Everything can be salvaged, and Sailortown is proving this right. What was once a ghost town is slowly returning to life. The regeneration plans will ensure that development happens steadily and an actively engaged community slowly forms.
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