Clues for the Bangor Treasure Hunt 2: The Coastal Path
If you missed Bangor Treasure Hunt 1: Bangor Town Centre you can find it here.
Clue 1: (Former) Kingsland Toilets?
When was the camera club set up in this building?
The Camera club was founded in 1961 and was very popular but lacked permanent premises and had for some years moved between council halls. In early 2000s they approached the council with the suggestion that they could convert the public toilets at Kingsland into club rooms. The council agreed and the following year the Mayor Councillor Anne Wilson opened the new club rooms which have been described as the best of any photographic club in Northern Ireland.
Clue 2: Royal Ulster Yacht club
Who was the famous teaman who was a member of this club?
RUYC is one of the leading yacht clubs in Northern Ireland and was established in 1866 as the Ulster Yacht Club. It became famous nationally and internationally in the early twentieth century when the boating grocer ? launched five unsuccessful America’s Cup bids from the RUYC with his yachts Shamrock 1 to 5.
Clue 3: The Eisenhower Pier
One mosaic depicts Columbanus and his fellow monks rowing? (Down the Rhine?)How many are in the boat?
Walking along the pier you will come across a plaque detailing five mosaics relating to the borough and designed by local schools and opened by the Mayor Anne Wilson. The schools taking part were Bangor GS, St Columbanus College, St Malachys PS Sullivan Upper and Towerview PS
Clue 4: D.Day
What was the date that Eisenhower inspected the fleet before D-Day?
At the end of the pier you will find a plaque relating to Eisenhower’s visit prior to D-day. In 2005 the North Pier was renamed the Eisenhower pier after the United States President Dwight D Eisenhower who addressed the Allied fleet from the pier before they left Belfast Lough for the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, General Eisenhower inspected the 30,000 American soldiers and sailors as they gathered in three huge US Navy battleships (the Nevada, Texas and Arkansas) off Bangor shore
Clue 5: Colin Middleton Lived Here
What is the address?
Middleton was an Irish artist and surrealist. Born in Belfast in 1910 he moved to Bangor in1953. His work was widely exhibited throughout the Britain Ireland and the US. He was awarded the MBE in 1969
Clue 6 Jimmy’s Bench
Who was Jimmy?
In past decades Old Bangorians have gathered in front of the Boathouse to observe the passing visitors, discuss the problems of Bangor and generally solve the troubles of the world. This bench commemorates one of them.
Clue 7: Quay Street/Crosby Street
On which building on Quay St/Crosby St can we see this half-hidden inscription?
Clue 8: Sunken Gardens
When was the memorial to Mrs Coates erected?
The wrought iron fountain in the Sunken Gardens was erected in memory of Mrs Arthur Hill Coates by the members of the Bangor Corinthian Sailing Club.
Clue 9: The Pastie Supper Lover
As you continue along the promenade you will see the sculpture of a well known Bangorian who has recently moved from his original home at Pickie Fun Park.
What does this legend have on his back?
Clue 10: To Pickie Park
Which organisation meets here?
Before you reach Pickie Fun Park you come across a large seated area which was built to accommodate worshippers at Sunday services
Clue 11: Old Skippingstone Pool
Who were not permitted to use this facility?
In the early 1900s this swimming pool was a very popular attraction for locals and tourists but its use was restricted and it was abandoned by the 1940s.However last year the Council working with “Dash and Splash” swimming group have carried out work to restore the Victorian Pool
Clue 12: Wilson’s Point
Fourteen hundred years ago Columbanus sailed from Bangor to set up monasteries throughout Western Europe. If he had taken the shortest route to Scotland where would he have landed and far did he have to travel??
This plaque was erected by Bangor Rotary to celebrate 100 years of Rotary international. It identifies landmarks in Bangor, across the Lough and in Scotland and gives the distance from Wilson’s Point
Jenny Watts Cave
This cave is visible from Brompton Jetty. It is badly silted up and no longer accessible. Legend has it that Jenny Watts a local smuggler was drowned in it while trying to escape from the excise men. See legend of Jenny Watts