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Section D3Holywood Arches
D3/ Holywood Arches
This area will develop into the urban heart of east Belfast, providing a space for residents and visitors to use for events and activities.
The area will connect people to the Arches Health Centre and Holywood Arches Library, as well as become a focal point in east Belfast. This high quality public realm space including interpretative signage and street furniture will be capable of hosting outdoor performances, markets and local celebrations ensuring the civic square is a well used space. Public art will feature in the square and will be influenced by the C.S Lewis theme of the square. ‘The Searcher’ statue outside the library will be complemented by this public art and by the naming of the square - C.S Lewis Square. The Connswater Community Greenway meets the Comber Greenway at this location.
Heritage / Other Interesting Information
Holywood Arches - the area gets its name from the massive stone arches that used to carry the County Down Railway across the junction of the Newtownards and Holywood Roads. At its peak in the early 1900s, the line carried more than one and a half million passengers into Belfast every year. The arches remained in use for 100 years, from 1850 until they were demolished in 1950. The old Belfast to Comber railway line now forms the Comber Greenway. This eleven kilometre traffic- free pathway provides a tranquil green corridor with views along the route of Stormont Buildings and Scrabo Tower.
C.S Lewis - Clive Staples Lewis (1898- 1963), more usually known as C.S Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. Although best known for his fictional children’s series ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, he is respected in academic circles for his work on medieval literature, Christian apologetics and literary criticism. His family home from 1905 until 1930, ‘Little Lea’, is located on the Circular Road on the outskirts of east Belfast.
The Searcher - The life-size statue ‘The Searcher’, situated outside Holywood Arches Library, depicts C.S Lewis as Narnia narrator Digory Kirke stepping into a wardrobe - no doubt in search of his mystical land. Sculptor Ross Wilson unveiled the bronze statue in 1998, the centenary of Lewis’ birth.