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Custom House Review
The 19th-century architect Charles Lanyon designed the Custom House. This building, along with many others in Belfast, including Queen's University and the unusual Sinclair Seaman's Church, bear the hallmarks of his skill. It's not open to the public, but it's worth circling the house to view the lofty pediment of Britannia, Mercury, and Neptune on the front, carved by acclaimed stonemason Thomas Fitzpatrick. A blue plaque records the fact that the19th-century novelist Anthony Trollope worked in the building as a post-office surveyor. During the historic Dockers' Strike of 1907, the labor organizer Jim Larkin addressed crowds of up to 20,000 people from the steps of the Custom House. The steps became known as "Speaker's Corner." A life-size bronze statue with arms raised commemorates the orator and his cause.
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