Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman), [firm of] Mould & Tod (Engraver)

View of Bangor, with fisherman and boat, on the shore, in the foreground, a tower in the centre and the town stretching in the background.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Eng[rave]d by Mould & Tod Edin[bu]r[g]. Published by Marcus Ward. 6. Corn Market. Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Bangor. Co. Down.

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Marines
Geographical Location
  • Bangor - Town or city
  • Down - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Beaches, Boats, Castles, Fishing, Harbours, People, Seas
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess. Engraved by Mould & Tod, Edinburgh
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 75
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THE town of BANGOR is situated near the entrance of Carrickfergus and Belfast Bay, on the southern shore. It is a very ancient place, supposed to have been founded so far back, as A.D. 555, by St. Comgall, who established an Abbey there. The fame of its learning became so celebrated in Europe, that it was resorted to by students from all parts of the world; and it is even affirmed by some writers, that it furnished the professors who were first appointed at Oxford, when that University was founded by King Alfred the Great. In A.D. 818, this Abbey was the scene of a merciless massacre by the Danes, when 900 out of 1000 Monks who were residing there, were inhumanly butchered. The Old Castle is still in good condition, and must have been a place of great strength, if we judge from its present remains. It is close to the quay, where occasionally may be seen many shipping, from its secure and sheltered position. Bangor is a neat town, and much resorted to as a watering-place by the inhabitants of Belfast and neighbourhood. It is famous for its needlework; and extensive establishments in Belfast and Glasgow, receive from this district of the County Down, their entire supply for the London and other English markets. Upwards of 16,000 persons, principally young females, derive support from this business, in Bangor and adjoining districts. Bangor is 8 miles from Belfast, and 10 from Grey Abbey. [p. 74]